I have always been the wierd neighbor. I spend more time on my veggie garden than my landscaping. I have an attempt of a compost bin in my yard. I save seeds and recycling from my office.
Most of my friends shake their head. "I'm proud you actually spent time on your front yard," one told me the other day. They simply don't understand.
My haven has been online. The friends I've made through the Green Phone Booth and other green blogs help motivate me to stay on the path toward sustainability, even when work, volunteer and family committments divide my time.
But I'm happy to have found some great green friends at home, too. My happy accident was getting to know three wonderful women who became our Girl Scout Troop's co-leaders this year. Each brings her own talents, but what we've found is a common desire to help make our world safer for our children.
For the last few months, we've been brainstorming ideas for a water conservation badge series the girls will take on in Brownies next year. We share ideas, large and small, found over the internet and in copied library book pages. We cheer on each other when we stumble on a county-sponsored rain barrel workshop or composting classes. And we have big dreams. That our girls learn to love our world.
It's great to find camaraderie among women like these. And I'm blessed to be part of the group.