Just wanted to know how you ladies approach parents with your efforts to going greener? In my mom's eyes she's practically completely green because 50% of the time she remembers her re-useable grocery bags and she uses the leftover cat water (from their water dishes) to water her plants. She hasn't picked up on my subtle hints--like when she wants to go shopping, I say I have plenty and really don't need or want anything else, and that I'd much prefer a walk in a park or something. 5 years ago, when I still lived in the same state as her, shopping was our "go to" bonding/time sharing experience.
This visit, I've already made plans with her to go to the Farmers Market (which I think she'll probably HATE--it's very old and well used so it's not shiney and new like she usually prefers) and made a point to tell her that i was going to cook a chicken that I had bought from one of my favorite farmers. I had told her about our water barrel about 8 months ago and she's still completely fascinated by it--and that we would have come up with that option all by ourselves.
I find it's a tricky situation for me because I don't want to necessarily make it sound like I'm judging her for the life that she leads (she doesn't have as many "easy" green options where they live, she's older and definitely set in some of her ways), but that I'm not as interested in living the life I once did, without hurting her feelings? Any suggestions??