Magazine article Working Mother

Green Daughter

Magazine article Working Mother

Green Daughter

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Julia has always been a nature girl. When she was 3, she would cry to go outside in all weather, at all hours. At 5, she took mud baths in our neighbor's pond and picked pet snails out of the stream. When the remnants of a hurricane blew into Chappaqua, she ran through the huge puddles in our yard like a happy duck. Dozens of pets have taken up residence in our house because of her advocacy for the nonhuman kingdom.

And now, at 18, Julia has become a devout vegetarian and environmentalist, contributing to the Farm Sanctuary and delighting in pledges to Heifer International instead of gifts at Christmastime. She has pushed our family to buy the right kind of lightbulbs (CFLs), stop using plastic grocery bags, adopt dogs from the ASPCA and make some of our family meals meat-free.

Because we're madly in love with our kids, we moms take a very long view of the future: We want to know that our children and grandchildren will be able to survive and thrive on the earth's bounty. …

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