Thoughts on Green Straws 8.28.13 Thought of the Day


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My current straw collection.

5 out the 7 days in my week start with a diet power smoothie. I’m not sure what it is about the smoothie that wakes me up really. Perhaps it’s the punch of nutrition, or the hit of chocolate. Most likely it’s the rather loud zoom and whirl of my blender (with ice, milk and power shake powder inside) at 6:30 in the morning.

When I started this little regime I bought a pack of 100 straws at the supermarket. Nice, happy, colorful straws to start me on my nice, happy, colorful day.

The pack contained bright blue, red, yellow, orange and green straws.

I found the perfect place in the cupboard for them. Just in arm’s reach of the blender. Thus, even my sleep addled brain could find them in the morning without searching high and low. [… Bender… milk… ice… power shake powder… zoom…cup… straw… sip.] On really adventurous days I’ll add some fresh fruit. If I’m feeling really, really adventurous I’ll go with a teaspoon of peanut butter.

Not long into this breakfast ritual I somehow decided that the green straws in the pack were the cutest little straws that ever graced the earth. Look at them. Aren’t they the sweetest things?  (I mean for straws?) And I began to save them.

It’s kind of like saving all the Lucky Charms until you’ve eaten all the cereal bits then eating the marshmallow charms all at once for breakfast dessert. (Yes, I get the irony that I hoarded Lucky Charm marshmallows as a kid, and now I’m hoarding the green straws for my DIET breakfast power shake as an adult. Don’t judge.)

And it’s not like I didn’t appreciate those work horse colors of red, blue, yellow and orange. They are lovely, lovely colors. I’m happy to have them. I’m delighted to suck my somewhat chalky, diet drink through them every morning. I even try to be environmentally aware by hand washing them in very hot, very soapy water so I can use them multiple times. (Hint use a bamboo skewer to clean the insides of the straws.)

But now that I’m in the home stretch of my jazzy multi colored pack of straws I realize that even with recycling I’m only about a month away from this…

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The coveted neon green straws

MONO STRAW COLORATION! All bright green straws! There’s nothing unique or funky or even fun about that!!!

I know now that I have made a terrible mistake. I’ve allowed the lure of the pretty and the cool to influence my choices in straw color. This has ultimately lead me to (one by one) eliminate the diversity of my straw population.

I don’t want to wake up to a world where the only choice in straws color is bright green.

So, from now on, I’m going to celebrate every straw color I meet. Because with a straw it’s what is on the inside that counts, right?

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Celebrating the diversity…while I can. Multi colored neon straws.

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[Things have been a little random at my house this week. Both husband and adult child are home on staycation/break, so blogging time has been a bit off. That means my regular features have been — and will likely continue to be — a little out of whack. Thanks for baring with me.]

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About ritalovestowrite

Freelance writer and graphic designer in Northern Baltimore County. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (travel and local interest stories.) Most recently my non fiction writing has been featured in Mason-Dixon ARRIVE Magazine. As a graphic designer I focus on cover designs and have done a number of designs for books and magazines. Recently I've entered the e-book cover field. I also enjoy working with community organizations and churches to bring their communications to a higher standard. As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one on one lessons to middle and high school students in graphic design and music. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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