I find it funny that so many people were complaining about the water restrictions in MD this weekend. Sure, brown lawns aren't aesthetically pleasing to look at. (I should know. My big gift to myself this summer was a Reel lawn mower, eco friendly pusher that helps brown my lawn the more I cut it and I cut it a little too much last week.) But is it that big of a deal? I also love the eye-rolling that came with people being encouraged to not use dishwashers and to conserve on household water use. If we recycle everything else, can't we recycle the use of ordinary kitchen items? Unless it's a contaminated knife used during preparation of meats or an encrusted bowl, can't we really just load all of our holiday feast up on the same, large plate? Can't we just rinse out the cup we previously used instead of putting it through a cycle in the dishwasher?
I always forget how addicted people are to technology until something like this -- a water restriction -- happens and it appears to everyone that the sky is caving in and the apocalypse is near because of limited use of water, or any other technology.
I celebrated the Fourth of July thinking about freedom, injustice, and happiness -- not about why the folks a few miles away were being 'punished' by not being able to water their lawns. I understand that some had it worse than others, and I empathize with anyone who is teetering on unhealthy conditions, but this was hardly the case. Shorten showers. Reuse kitchen items. Focus more on your family than your Stepford yard. Maybe it takes something like this to better tune our focus to what's really important.