something they want
something they need
something to wear
something to read
these are our guidelines for gifts in regards to our kids. even my husband has jumped on board with made in america and natural fibers and ditching fast fashion.
i didn't even feel the need to share the department of labor's report on child and forced (slavery) labor. the outrage is engrained once you see the bigger picture.
our daughter while in the craft store was asking which materials were "not polyester" for the fabric doll we are making together. it's all of us learning. knowledge really is power. and researching cotton that was GOTS certified, where it was grown and more about that company is power. we have computers for access to information so we are informing ourselves.
and the more that i research the information in the book that i am reading, the deeper i get into my morals.
i feel this intentional responsibility to be aware of my place on earth. that i cannot exist separately on this earth from the workers in bangladesh who were crushed to death sewing for fast fashion. from the sterile husband who picked the banana in ecuador that sits to brown for bread on my counter. the child forced to pick the carnations in columbia for the big box bouquet. the thai fisherman who are stuck on slave ships for those peel and eat party shrimp in every single store. the use of palm oil in goddamn everything and trying to explain why we don't eat this food or that to a 4 year old is not always easy but doing the right thing isn't always the easiest thing.