I cheated. That’s right, you heard me. I cheated on my January eco-challenge this week. I’m not proud – I really wanted to make it through this month without buying anything new besides groceries. But I thought long and hard about it and I still stand by my decision.
So here’s the deal.
A young girl that I know is having a a birthday this week. Not a good enough reason, you say? Normally, I would agree. Handmade gifts. Gift cards. Repurposed gifts. Any of these options would have made a perfectly acceptable birthday present for a young girl.
But this girl has been through a lot the past few years, including losing her dad in a car accident and moving in with her grandma (along with her two younger siblings) after custody was taken away from her mom.
She’s a great kid, but sometimes it’s hard to coach a smile out of her. So I really wanted to make a big deal about her birthday. And yes, I know that love and caring doesn’t come from a store. I know that I could have knitted her a scarf or baked her some goodies and still stuck with my eco-challenge mission.
The fact is, I probably will do those things, but I also wanted her to have something else. A book. A fun book, that would be all hers. One that would put a smile on her face and remind her that she is loved everytime she picked it up.
So that’s my big confession. I bought a brand-spankin’ new book for a little girl who needs a little something special this week.
I’m curious to know what you all think. Did I negate my January mission? Or can I let this one lapse slide?