Mom Love Contest!

Watching Mandy (my wife, pictured here with our son Hucky) take on motherhood over the past 5 years has been a site.  She is a force.  Researching, reading, engaging and playing. 
It came naturally to her, but maintaining the balance between who she is as a person and who she is as a mother is not easy.  Especially in this era of expectation.  Mom's are often expected to be everything to their kids, while also holding down a job, exercising their bodies and souls, supporting partners and still having time for friends and hobbies. 
It's a lot, and for our family, the great pause has given me an opportunity to appreciate how much my wife has done for our little guys (aged 3 & 5) to ensure they grow into caring and courageous boys and men. 
A big part of this has been environmental stewardship.  Mandy has found courses (if you're in Toronto, check out the Pine Project, it's amazing) and books, games and lessons to guide them on a path of understanding, connection and appreciation of the natural world.  And I love her for it.

Tell us how your Mom has helped guide you (directly or indirectly) to become more sustainable and connected to the natural world.  We'll choose five answers and send your Mom an etee hit kit!

Put your answers in the comments below!

 

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Mika
My mom instilled in my brother and I from birth a respect for and need to not only protect, but also engage with the planet that sustains us.

From growing out own food to recycling or reusing everything we could, to not teaching us not to buy single use and individually packaged items.

But it wasn’t just teaching us, my mom lives the message. She was an activist and included me in all of these actions. She helped when my friends and I started an environmental awareness organization, Kid’s F.A.C.E (for a clean environment) in the late 80s. She attended the UN Environmental Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1990. (I was supposed to attend with her but she was nervious taking a young child with her to a country where we didn’t speak the language and there were reports of mass sweeps of homeless children being rounded up and transported out of the city before the summit.)

She ran a recycling company at one point to help businesses have an option to recycle (wasn’t a commercial pick-up in the city at the time), ran the local Peace and Justice Center for over 10 years, became a sustainable building expert with my step-father and led workshops around the country on strawbale and cob buildings, living roofs and permaculture.

I think it was seeing her live the message more than her specific teachings that led both my brother and I to also be conscious of and strive to live as sustainably as possible. And now, she is helping to instill those same lessons and values in my children.

 

Mark Burgess
My Mom is like a plant, she loves the sun and it gives her energy. She also loves flowers and gardening. I always joke with her that she lives on photosynthesis! She is also a long time vegetarian for around 35 years and I’ve become one around 3 years ago. Our neighbors have chickens and we use some of their eggs for food. We have been buying a box of produce from a company that normally sells to restaurants but because of the pandemic, they are selling to everyone rather than throwing them away. We also grow tomatoes and basil at the end of May so it’s almost time to plant them again. Mom loves your soap packets when I showed her how it works so when we run out of our other soap, we are going to use them. I also have 3 glass pumps for the soap so we don’t have to keep buying plastic dispensers with soap in them. It’s difficult to be sustainable during a pandemic but I’m trying. She also helped take care of Dad and I when we were sick during the entirety of March and into April (even when she didn’t feel good as well). I definitely appreciate my Mom today and everyday!

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  • I’m Japanese living in Canada. Growing up in a city full of concrete without space for gardening, my mother gave me a tons of opportunities to watch a great tv/movies. The one stuck in my heart was Naushika (by Hayao Miyazaki), where the girl learned to connect with nature early on saves the world from evil destructive human technology. . My mom kept telling me ”goes around comes around” often not only meant within human relation but also implied any connection all around us including nature. … We are far away from each other but I still carry the lesson. and I know, we are still connected in the spirit level. :D

    Maki on
  • I’m Japanese living in Canada. Growing up in a city full of concrete without space for gardening, my mother gave me a tons of opportunities to watch a great tv/movies. The one stuck in my heart was Naushika (by Hayao Miyazaki), where the girl learned to connect with nature early on saves the world from evil destructive human technology. . My mom kept telling me ”goes around comes around” often not only meant within human relation but also implied any connection all around us including nature. … We are far away from each other but I still carry the lesson. and I know, we are still connected in the spirit level. :D

    Maki on
  • My mom has been my number one influence in living a more conscious and sustainable life. My earliest memories are helping plant beans and flowers in our garden. She taught us (my sister and I) to cook at home and use what we would buy; to eat the leftovers and be excited about shopping seconds. We learned to reuse containers and recycle what we couldn’t repurpose. To love our planet didn’t mean simply giving to a cause, though part of it, but to live with care and consider the consequences of what we used. These are lessons I try to model for my own children. I love my mom, she can walk into any room not knowing anyone and come out with friends. She’s the best grandma and always eager to learn better ways to live green. 🌱

    Eileen on
  • Growing up my mom was really into gardening and getting as much of our fruits and vegetables from outside in the summer as we could. She would involve us as much as she could, whether we wanted to or not. But alot of times I felt proud that I help grow or pick or protect that plant from bugs. My mom also introduced me my love for second hand clothes shopping and yard sales! Reuse and budget.

    Erin Dijkema on
  • One of my earliest memories is being outside with my mom in the garden. She showed me how to tell what was ready to eat and what to leave alone. She taught me how to mend clothes, how to turn old items into something that could be reused, and how important it was to respect the earth. As an adult, she taught me how to make my own cleaning products, how to extend the life of food to its maximum, and helped me appreciate the companies who were making products sustainably. My mom had always been an inspiration to me. She’s been my cheerleader, my rock, and a shoulder to cry on. I love you Mom!

    Carri on


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