The Last Straw

I don’t know about you, but I drink everything through a straw. I prefer the strong unbendable plastic ones, I use them to drink my iced tea, water and sodas. My husband always has a chocolate shake at In n Out, and no paper straw is going to endure the thickness of that drink.

I understand the importance of being green, and will do my due diligence to comply with Mother Earth. So now why do we need to use metal or glass straws? When and how did that happen? I find this to be intrusive, and unsanitary, and cleaning a straw uses up water, right? And aside from that, we’re going to need a special tool for cleaning!

The thing that bothers me most is how corporate America has gotten all up in the business of doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons. Starbucks announced that they were doing away with plastic straws, but don’t worry, they will sell you an environmentally safe straw. Aren’t the lids from their coffee made of plastic? I never purchase coffee from this establishment for two reasons: they are hypocrites, and their products are way too expensive. College students should consider using the money wasted on a Frappuccino to pay for a large portion of their tuition. I am grateful for one thing, though, that at any time anyone can use their facility without making a purchase. I do praise God for that.

I know, I know…the terrible plight of the sea turtle that suffered the unfortunate fate of a straw stuck up its nostril. I watched the video and prayed for a successful outcome. I honestly breathed a sigh of relief when the the last particle of the straw was extracted. I’m an animal lover and do my part in contributing to the betterment of their health.

Psalm 95:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.

I once saved a bee from drowning in my pool. No video, but It really did happen. I noticed a lifeless bee while I was swimming laps, so cupped my hands to remove its body from the water, and much to my amazement, the bee showed a sign of life. I gently placed it at the edge of the pool and continued with my laps. I kept a close eye on the waterlogged insect, and with each lap the little guy was drying out. At one point, I thought I was going to have to put him out of his misery because one of wings was missing. Turns out that the wing was still drying and stuck to its body. The strong-willed little creature mustered enough strength to live. Finally, after about a half an hour, the bee flew away. Since that day I feel that no bee will ever sting me because I am a bee whisperer.

In California we have to adjust to many new laws each year, and last year we were forced to purchase our plastic bags whenever we go grocery shopping. This was a huge problem for me because I really recycle bags, I use them for cleaning the litter box and most importantly, for packing lunches for the homeless. It totally messed up my system. I rarely bring a bag with me when going to the grocery store because I need the bags, so every time I go to Ralphs or Sprouts, I pay the extra ten cents for more bags. Sure, I have plenty of those fancier bags from companies promoting their goods, but if I bring my groceries in from the car, I do not want to walk back to the car to put the bags back into the trunk. That drives me crazy!

I will use plastic straws responsibly until they are no longer in existence. I never litter! As a matter of fact that is my biggest pet peeve!

Are we such a terrible human race that is out to destroy the world? No! So stop teaching our kids that nonsense. Teach them first to love God, and then teach them to become responsible, in the caring of Mother Earth. Don’t turn them into militant mini green people; they already are so confused about all the other useless stuff we throw their way.

The City of Orange provides a huge recycling bin for our personal use. Not everything goes into the landfills; we sit on recycled park benches, and use recycled toilet paper. Little by little we are making an effort to improve our environment. We are working toward mulching every possible piece of trash for the purpose of cleaning up our planet.

The poor plastic straw will be extinct, because according to scientists, it takes over 400 years to decompose. To the average person, this has “Fake news” written all over it. We can’t say, “Another one bites the dust,” because these straws will outlive us by many generations.

Soon I will no longer be able to say, “May I please have a straw with my drink? Otherwise all the ice will hit my face.”

Numbers 35:33-34 New King James Version (NKJV)

33 So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it. 34 Therefore do not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel.’ ”

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