Tuesday, June 3, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Green!

One of my favorite things to do is walk into a book store pick out a big stack of books, find a quiet spot and sit there for hours taking in all I can.

So naturally, I love Barnes & Noble.

Who wouldn't?

It's like the flippin' library with a better selection of books, the option of coffee and great music. (I love listing to the music they have playing, it's always someone unknown.)

So Jen and I took a drive to Firewheel about two weeks ago and spent a few hours in their B&N .

I can't help but always go to books on raising, teaching or nurturing children. It's my passion therefore I love reading as much as I possibly can so that I'm as prepared as possible for teaching..... and of course YEARS from now, motherhood.

So just like any other day I made my way to the "childcare" section of the store and started picking books off the shelf when I saw a book titled Growing Up Green. Now let me just tell you this is like the godfather of all books for me.

It's about kids.

It's about the environment.

It's about putting the two together.

This was most definitely my cup of tea.

WOW! WOW! WOW! And I only read the first few chapters. Not only is this book enlightening it's kind of scary. I say scary because we are exposed to so many chemicals and toxins every day without even knowing it which means children are as well.

The scariest part for me was that your unborn children are exposed to these chemicals and toxins. EeeKKK!!! Everyday things can be harming your child that isn't even born. Some chemicals even had a 50% greater chance of your child developing cancer and certain diseases.

Isn't that horrific?

I got to thinking about if you can REALLY ever be prepared to be a mommy...

Reading the first few chapters out of this book I felt completely overwhelmed. I felt like I couldn't be prepared to have a child if I had years of nothing but time to conduct studies on environmental hazards.

I do plan on going back and buying this very enlightening book. But I think I might read it quite slowly, take it all in.

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