I don’t know that Amber and I have ever really made it a point to talk about recycling with Kaitlyn. Yes, we have a separate can in our kitchen where we put cans and bottles so they can be put in our bin, but we have never made it a priority to expressly make it a rule in our house.
But, and I really should not be surprised anymore when these things happen, Kaitlyn is always on the lookout to make sure that we are doing the right thing. Maybe they did a lesson on recycling for Earth Day this week in school (sometimes it’s hard to pull information out of Kaitlyn about what happens in school), and if they did, she took it to heart.
We were outside yesterday, sitting on the deck after Amber and I cleaned the pool and Kaitlyn played some in the yard, and after Amber went inside, it was just the two of us sitting at the table. I was just about finished with my adult beverage, so as I emptied the bottle, I made my way over to the garbage can we keep on the deck. I opened it up and tossed the bottle in, not giving it another thought. That’s when I heard it.
“Ahem,” Kaitlyn cleared her throat at me. I glanced over at her, and she was giving me her version of “The Look.” I was a little confused, and I think she sensed my confusion. She looked at me and said, “daddy, you need to put that bottle in the recycle bin.” My bad. I opened the can and retrieved the bottle to take it inside to be put with our other recycling. And Kaitlyn and I figured out a way to solve the issue of having the temptation to throw bottles and cans in the garbage when we are on the deck–we will put one of our extra recycling bins out there. Problem solved.
I am really proud and happy that she called me out on that. What makes me even happier is that she is so conscious of and concerned about making sure we recycle. Assuming there was a unit on recycling in school this week, she really took it to heart, but that is not a surprise; all that really had to be done was to point out that cans, bottles, and plastic make it to the oceans and have a negative impact on sea life and Kaitlyn would have been sold. I know that she will keep an eye on what we throw away, and make sure that we are recycling things that should be recycled.