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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Happy Humble New Year
The recent media attention has us feeling like we've reached semi-celebrity status. I wonder if this what Andy Warhol meant when he predicted in 1968 that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." In response to this attention, carfree mom is feeling a bit humbled. After all, we're not the first family or the only family in town not to own a car (and certainly not in the greater metro area). We see plenty of families on TriMet, although not quite as many traveling as a group on bikes. So why all the attention? Is it because we went carfree by choice instead of by need or circumstance? Does it really make a difference? Recently while waiting with my bike trailer one early morning for Trader Joe's to open I observed others in the parking lot.
One woman was sitting in her idling car with a small dog on her lap. Another snoozed under blankets next to the grocery cart overloaded with all her worldly belongings in a corner of the strip mall. Knowing nothing other than what my eyes could see about either one, I contemplated their impact on the planet at that moment and what influences and circumstances might have brought these women of similar age to such different places. I will not judge either. But our neighbor with the grocery cart will receive my gratitude for living gently upon the Earth. I am grateful to all people for choices they make to care for the planet, and also to those who live gently without as many choices available to them. Thank you.