Thursday, September 11, 2008

Choices





About 5 years ago on a Sunday morning, just an hour or so after attending an uplifting service at the Visalia EV Free church, the Garver family walked out of our local Wal-Mart.... drained. I remarked to Steven that Wal-Mart just sucked the church right out of you; it left you feeling depressed and discouraged. That was it...no more Wal-Mart...and we haven't looked back. Around that same time we also decided to forgo eating at McDonalds....after watching Super-Size Me, the mere thought of McDonalds made us ill.
Even my kids got on the bandwagon (tho Wils still has a penchant for junk food and neither of the young teens in our house can grasp that energy drink is a euphemism for SODA) Tho we do think that both of these commitments is important, neither of them is exactly a hardship as there is always a Target or In-and-Out Burger nearby to satisfy the craving for salt, fat, and cheap blenders. So lately we have been chatting about possible new resolutions beyond not shopping at the local mega-store. We are considering various bans on buying clothes and country of origin...

....we'll keep you posted.

3 comments:

Julie said...

Interesting. I feel the same way when I leave the Stuff-Mart but have few options. I do make a conscious effort to buy American and am even more aware of food choices these days. I'm blessed that my kids actually enjoy -- and ask for -- fruit and veggies for meals and snacks.

Maureen said...

There's only so much you can do. Just trying to buy American is hard...I never realized how much stuff we import. Kind of scary.

And funny thing, our junk food kid Wilson, is also the kid who will eat an entire bag of mini-carrots and loves peas and broccoli....yea!

Deene Souza said...

Interesting and very admirable. I can't wait to see what else you boycott. I think I might try that with my kids . . . boycott junk food, boycott unAmerican products, boycott big box stores (that one is gonna kill me), boycott fighting with your sibling . . .