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Taking The Stairs

Posted May 09 2010 6:53am
This is a post for the Green Moms Carnival , hosted this month by my friend Diane MacEachern, author of the Big Green Purse and an all around cool lady.The topic this month is transportation and I thought a lot about how to approach this from my suburban, car filled world.

Then it occurred to me that I was raising a child who not only never walked, biked, bussed or went by train anywhere, but also preferred the elevator to stairs!. This I consider a tragedy!

When he was an infant and toddler we lived in the city. We rode the bus to all of our Mommy and Me activities, walked to the playground and tooled around on wheels - me on my rollerblades, him in the heavy jogging stroller.

Since our move to the 'burbs though, much of that is gone, so much so that I've noticed that when visiting the dentist last week he whined to take the elevator rather than walk up the prettily plant decorated outside stairs to the second floor. Not an isolated incident yesterday he tried to insist we take the elevator down one flight from a parking garage- that's DOWN mind you.

So, I've been thinking about how all of this ties together. Raising children who don't walk anywhere...leads to having kids who don't walk ANYWHERE. And children who don't walk or bike or use public transportation (planes don't count) don't see the opportunities to do so and see no solution to the environmental harm too much time alone in the car can bring.

So, it's a new day in our house. Don't only do we now eschew elevators, we're gearing up for a summer of dragging out our wagon and walking to the nearest store...even if it's a mile away and I'll have to deal with whining as we drag the groceries home.

I think it will be worth it.

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