On Saturday there was a large, evening festival for Wollondilly (our semi rural town area).
Upon arriving at the festival, I immediately knew I was going to be challenged. Hundreds of helium balloons were being handed out to children. Every child had a bright balloon attached to their wrist.
How do I as a sustainable Mum say “no” to a two year old child, who’s face shines with pure balloon excitement?
Sometimes being a sustainable Mum is challenging – in ways I never expected before I had children.
As you can tell from the photo, our Little One loves her balloon – even to the point of insisting she sleeps with it.
On Sunday (yesterday) as we ventured out and about, the balloon had to come too. However as the balloon escape from her hands, it was not our Little One who got upset but my sustainable heart that broke.
I watched the balloon float up to the air, knowing the possible damage it will do to our waterways and marine life, when it eventually comes down.
In conclusion I have to admit that I don’t have advice for better dealing with these unsustainable childhood moments – no deep, profound words of wisdom to offer. I just wanted to share my conflicted heart with you.
So not to beat myself up, I am choosing to focus on the ‘successful’ sustainable lessons our Little One has learnt (not what she/we still have to learn). After all, at two years of age she already knows what edible food she can snack on in the garden. Bless her little garden foraging heart!