My Kids Are Covered in a Blanket of Smog
This is a Guest Post from Jessica Gottlieb:
This morning I dropped the kids off to school and headed into the Hollywood Hills for a quick hike. As I often do in the mornings, I took advantage of the time alone to think about my day, how I would tackle the duties in front of me and the timing of our afternoon. As often as I like to use this time to plan my days I also end up daydreaming and wondering what the kids are up to. I think about Alexander and hope that heís raising his hand in class. I think about Jane and remember that I need to email the science teacher and remind him that itís the other Jane who tried to eat the science experiment and please donít punish my daughter.
I came to a turn in the trail and looked out over the city where my children were in school. I wondered if they were playing outside. And I saw the scene above.
Today is a warm day. You are not looking at fog creeping over Los Angeles. You are looking at brown haze that covers my city dropping particulate matter into the eyes, ears, mouths and noses of it all. We exercise and breathe in deeply gasping fresh air only to breathe in brown dust and dust too small to be seen.
I sent the kids to school this morning with sunscreen on, but itís the good sunscreen because my husband doesnít want them to have Vitamin A in their sunscreens. I pay seven dollars a day for Jane to get the organic lunch at school with most of the snack bar being grown right there on the school campus. Where there once were impatiens there are now leafy greens. I carefully packed Alexanderís lunch so that his perfectly ripe organic peach wouldnít get squashy.
It is second nature for me as a mother to care deeply about what goes into my childrenís bodies. I have happily sacrificed a few luxuries so that I can provide them with a healthful plate and a less toxic home. I have taken the same actions as most of the women I know. We love our children and we want to put only the best into their bodies.
This morning I sent my children to school to play in a cloud of brown stuff that canít easily be identified. Iím asking you to take an action today. Just one action and it wonít take much time. The Moms Clean Air Force has† list of ways that you can get involved. Iím asking you to be involved and to stay involved. We can take the lead out of our paint and the formaldehyde out of our carpeting, but we all have to leave the house at some point. Our children and our elderly are most at risk when the air quality is compromised.
ďThe moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.Ē Remarks at the dedication of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, November 1, 1977
Thank you, Jessica!
Jessica is a career blogger and digital strategist. She is madly in love with technology but her first love is her two kids and husband. Jessica is the eponymous writer at JessicaGottlieb.com and a panelist at Momversation. She has spent a good bit of her blogging career writing in shades of green at Green Options, EcoChildsPlay, MomsLA and Celsias, but she rounded it out with a little humor at National Lampoon. She has received accolades from Forbes, Nielsen, Babble and Fast Company as well as coverage from every news source worth mentioning from the New York Times to NPR and from Fox News to CNN.