I’m always shocked when I’m in the home of an intelligent individual who leaves the lights on in every room. But we weren’t all brought up with, “Did you leave the light on?” constantly heard from the age of birth. And for this, I thank my parents.
Granted, my parents might have been trying to save money on the electric bill or teach us lessons on waste, but whatever their reason, it stuck. For me anyway. My brother (brought up in the same exact household by the same exact parents) is a full-blown-light-leaver-oner, bless him.
I have to make myself not turn off the lights in other people’s homes, but I’m not very good at it. “I turned the light off for you,” I say smiling, hoping they don’t hate me. I just can’t take the waste. And I don’t want them paying any more money to the electric company than they have to–because they are my friend, and I love them. I’ve done it my entire life, when I was in the Air Force and in every business building I’ve ever worked in. I can’t believe I even have friends.
What about you? Do you turn off the lights religiously or do you forget? Are you on your kids about it the way my parents were with me? Accustomed to possessing light at the flick of a button, how can we remind ourselves not to take it for granted?
Spend a week with the Amish, maybe? I’m all for that. I used to want to join the Amish. (Big surprise there, huh? Ha!)
Related articles from the Amish to recycling Christmas lights! Really? Yes.
- The Amish Dining Table and Chair Manufacturing Process (manufacturing.hubspot.com)
- …The Amish? (thirtyoneorten.wordpress.com)
- We Won’t Leave The Lights On For You (blogher.com)
- Lights of Life (waterloobikes.ca)
- Turn on the lights. (preaprez.wordpress.com)
- Recycling Christmas Lights Made Easy by HolidayLEDs.com (prweb.com)
- Lights and the Little Things (oneburnedoutmama.com)