Late Summer 2008

Dear Friends

I heard the phrase 'Waste not, want not' a lot when I was growing up. My mother said it so often that I pretty much tuned it out and never really stopped to think what it meant -- until I became a mother myself and concerned about my children's future on our resource-depleted planet.

When I recently found myself one lemon short of a lemon pie, the realities of waste really hit home. Here I was driving my car to the store for a lemon, when all around me were lemon trees in people's yards that (judging by their fruit-laden branches and the number of lemons rotting on the ground) looked as if they hadn't been touched for years. Driving past a neighbor whose classic wooden boat (circa 1956) sat untouched in his yard until it was unsalvageable, I really began to ponder the consequences of waste in earnest. (Putting all those lemons to good use was one thing, but oh, the fun I could have had with that boat!)

Of all the well-meaning platitudes and legitimately helpful 'green living' programs our children may encounter today, nothing brings the message home more powerfully than how we ourselves live. I think of the message our website coordinator communicates to her daughters when she has them help her put their surplus tangerines into sacks they deliver to Chinaberry ('share what you don't need'). Or our customer service rep who brings us the excess greens and veggies from her uncle's garden. What an example she is to her nieces and nephews. And nobody gives of herself more than Chinaberry's founder, Ann, who has a rule to give away old clothing whenever she buys new.

As we come to realize that the natural resources we've been taking for granted are not as endless as we once thought, let's be inspired by these everyday people who share their bounty. Just as lemons, tangerines, and greens are meant to nourish our bodies, boats are meant to be sailed, and clothes are meant to be worn, our lives are supposed to demonstrate our values to the next generation. If we don't show them the importance of not letting resources go to waste, what kind of future awaits them?

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From our archives -- The Best Good Deed

From our archives -- Embracing the Wonder of Children

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Holiday 2013 -- Embracing the World of Wonder

Winter 2013 -- Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

Fall 2013 -- Finding Beauty in the Everyday Tasks

Late Summer 2013 - Taking Our Own Advice

Midsummer 2013 -- Appreciating Nature's Bounty

Early Summer 2013 -- Being Prepared

Late Spring 2013 -- Having Realistic Expectations

Spring 2013 -- Offering Mothering Wisdom

Early Spring 2013 -- Being True to Our Nature

Holiday 2012 -- Appreciate the Goodness

Winter 2012 -- Enjoying the Anticipation

Early Fall 2012 -- Looking Back to Appreciate Now

Summer 2012 -- Chinaberry's History & Future

Early Summer 2012 -- My Dad

Late Spring 2012 -- My Satisfying Yet Untraditional Upbringing

Spring 2012 - The Consequences of Our Actions

Early Spring 2012 - Learning From Experience

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