TealGreen sister-in-law lives in Australia, a LONG way away from east coast USA. So mostly we correspond through Facebook, email and Skype. But as we’re both past the age of 39 and remember a time when it was telephones and snail mail, we still exchange actual paper birthday cards, with a stamp and everything.
What, you may ask, has this got to do with all things green? Well, April is my birthday month, so as the date approached, I waited in anticipation for the 4 whole cards I knew would arrive (my mom, my mother-in-law, my dad, and my sister-in-law from Oz). And they did. And I smiled as I opened the envelopes. But the Aussie card made me really laugh. Not that there was joke or anything, but the note from my sister-in-law, expressing her eco-guilt. The card, you see, had been designed in Australia. Bravo, one thinks – keep it local and all that. But a quick turn to the info on the back revealed that it had been printed in the UK and TG sister-in-law felt the pang of irony in sending me said card, knowing that I am attuned to all things green.
So what’s my take-away? Well, very silly that we live in a world where such things happen. [Note to self – investigate said company and get to the bottom of this silliness]. But on the up-side, the fact that she noticed in the first place. And knows that I’m not a complete eco-freak…she sent the card anyway, and it was perfect.