...and she's not even four feet tall!
Today was the day that the local water utility (Tucson Water) representative visited my daughter's elementary school for a presentation on water use in the home. Oh boy, what a time and place for her first lesson in water use: a precocious first-grader in the semi-arid Southwest. She started the lecture as soon as we got home..."we have to turn off the water when we brush" and "two- or five-minute showers only." I tried to clean up some dishes while she was doing homework in the kitchen, and she turned off the water on me when I looked away--twice!
Now of course, with a hydrometeorologist as her dad, she's had lots of science to play with. All that reading of hydrology texts to her in utero must have sunk in, and rain and stream gauges make great infant manipulatives, and papering her nursery walls with journal articles and diagrams was a great idea! I've tried to instill in her upbringing and education some sense of responsibility and sensitivity toward nature, and specifically our water use, and it certainly seems to show. But there's nothing like hearing it from a "true authority" at school that parents just can't seem to provide.
Yeah, go ahead and laugh. Just wait till your own little water cop makes a visit. Better yet, just wait till my daughter grows up enough to get her own blog - then we'll all get an earful about the state of the world that's left to her generation...