We celebrated Earth Hour in our house on Saturday evening. I enjoy this one, and see it as a symbolic gesture to get our children to think about the earth and realize that what we do has an impact on the environment. I don’t believe that the hour in itself has any real effect on the environment, but I do think that it is a great opportunity to talk about our actions and their effects with our kids. It‘s also one hour that is pure family quality time.
My girls are in bed by 8:30 most nights, so we started Earth Hour a little early at 8:00pm. We got the candles set up on the dining room table, and a flashlight close by just in case, and we started out with some homemade cupcakes and a little ice cream for a treat. We then played a couple of board games by candle light – The Secret Door (a great co-operative game made locally), and Trouble. After that Tony read them their stories at the dining room table, also by candle light, and then they were tucked away in their beds soon after 9:00pm. We kept the lights off and took them upstairs with the flashlight.
Before sleep, we always talk about what our favourite part of the day was. All four of us answered tonight:”Earth Hour”. It is a cozy hour, with few distractions. No TV, no computer, no radio, just our family together.
We could do this more often, and my girls would be thrilled if we did. For them, the best parts of their little lives is still the times when they have our undivided attention. And quite honestly they would benefit if we would think to do this a little more often.
Can I just add that I adore my kids, totally and completely, and it’s times like these that make me really notice what this family stuff is all about? Being together, learning from each other, answering their questions, and loving them beyond what I ever thought possible.
Earth Hour to is much more than turning out the lights for an hour. It’s about thinking of simpler times and about what is really important to me.