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What I’m doing to be… a better daughter.

“Being a better daughter”. What does that mean? I’m not saying I’m a BAD daughter. Everyone could devote a liitle time to being a better child for their parents so that was my focus this week.

My parents have been waiting for a dinner invitation for years. They have come right out and said they’d like one. Oh sure they’ve been over for Christmas or Thanksgiving but never just a dinner. We finally invited them over. It did not go as planned. My mom was watching the kids all day. My husband was home late and even got stuck in traffic. I worked an hour past the end of my shift because it was too busy to leave.

Luckily I had shopped on my lunch break for dinner ingredients. All of the items in my basket were either zero-waste (veggies and fruit), recyclable (a paper bag, the plastic and metal from a whole chicken and a foil wrapper from a brick of butter) or (in the case of an elastic around my broccoli) reusable. I did bring one bag to the store and ended up having to take a second for the chicken.

My plan to roast a chicken was foiled by lack of time. Dinner needed to be on the table before the kids had to be in bed (by 7pm) and time was ticking. I ended up recruiting my parents to help transform the meal from a roast to Shake n’ Bake. They didn’t seem to mind but I felt a little sad that they only got a simple meal from us and that they had to help.

“Being a better daughter” is hard to do. Further efforts will have to be made. For every thing that they do for us and our children we are very grateful.



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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