So, I have several friends who have asked me, "What's going on with that recycling thing you're doing?" Well, it hasn't caught on like the wildfire I thought it would, but I am still plugging away at it. I took another few bags (soaked from sitting out in the rain) over to the refund center and made another $6.10. That adds up for a grand total of $250.90 and 5,018 cans or bottles rescued.
Now, I know... this isn't much. Over the past few months, had I been working, I could make $250 in a day. But it is something to take trash and make it into something. When I was young, my mother would always say "Waste not, want not." And I never understood what "want" was in that sense. I always just thought "want" meant, "Hey, I want that toy. I want that My Little Pony. I want that Atari." But want means lack. And I will never lack if I don't waste what I have, is what "waste not, want not" means. And I have so much, I am very grateful. I am very grateful to have been able to spend these last 9 months with my son and my little girl. When I look back on his pictures in February vs now, I realize what a little boy he has become. Even though he doesn't eat his vegetables or spills Cheerios all over the car... I know I will miss these days.
But I am grateful for all the "muchness" I have. (Has anyone seen Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland? I love this phrase. (Watch the clip here.) I don't have a paying job outside the home. But I have plenty to do. And I thank God and the universe for a good husband who supports our family and loves me and our children. I thank God and the universe for sending me so many unexpected blessings-- focus groups to make money, people who want to buy some of our old things. And I love that I have gotten to the point where I know what Max's favorite book is. I know what his routine is. He knows me and that I stick to what I say.
But I will never stop picking up my nickels. I will never waste a single bottle or can. I'm not going to give up until I reach my goal. And I have other goals too. (Finding a job, writing and selling a novel or screenplay.) I will never give up or surrender my goals. Never give up, never surrender!
$250.90; 5,018 cans.
Not bad for so much. Much more muchness to come!