"So your suggestion is that we wrap ourselves in leaves and eat nuts and berries.", I asked. “Well, I know this is extreme, but I’ve really been thinking about this stuff and considering various options. Natural clothing is one of them”! He turned with a leafy swish and settled on the sofa. “Besides, they really make my eyes stand out, and don’t forget the legs!”. He wiggled a toe at me and winked while patting the empty space next to him on the sofa. “Oh my god, do you really think you’re being sexy?! Stop that, it isn’t going to happen ok”! He sighed in resignation, but continued, “Ok, this is just me fooling around. But there are other things I have been trying out.” I “humphed” in exasperation. “Ok, let me ask you. How was your shower today bubz”, he asked. I cast my mind back to the shower head in our bathroom. We had a faultily installed shower cubicle that didn’t adequately block out the water from seeping through from under the partition. Instead of getting the cubicle fixed, Siddharth’s suggestion was to lower the water pressure and “45 degrees babe, 45 degrees! Turn the shower head, reduce the pressure to a trickle and preferably stick to the left wall so the water doesn’t flow to the right” After showering in this awkward positon for a while, the shower holder, having been subjected to the constant yanking of 45-degree abuse, fell off the wall, reducing the shower head to a hand shower, which was still alright. Unfortunately hand showers tend to fall a lot and the face of the shower head started to loosen and popped out energetically every now and then, almost taking my eye out and hitting Sid repeatedly on the head. Sid’s solution – reduce the pressure to a trickle, thus not exerting the shower face, and finish your shower as soon as possible. “I know what you’re thinking. There’s a reason I ignored your requests (and then threats) about getting it fixed. Reduced water pressure equals less water usage. Similar story for the problem with the kitchen tap – something wrong with the water pressure there too. Good thing! All the fans in the house don’t work past 1 on the regulator – less electricity usage! And I get the maid to contribute by cooking only every couple of days with quantities fit for a small army. Voila - less gas usage!” He tapped his index finger against his forehead, “You really did marry someone with the smarts, bubz”!
It was terribly warm and the whirring fan and the drone of the caveman in front of me were really making my mood-o-meter rise. An accurate correlation Sid had made between the rising temperatures and my temper! A few deep breaths helped and allowed me to calmly respond, “Ok, I’m really glad you’re thinking about all this. But I really don’t think extreme fashion choices or letting the house descend into disrepair or ensuring we get food poisoning from eating the same food every day, are really the right choices. I don’t know the answers really, but there are some things you are doing right. You saved the RO waste water the other day to use to clean the house, that’s something we should keep doing. There are some brands that do have eco-friendly fabrics, we can check those out. We can even go meet the colony president to see what sort of things can be done collectively by the residents”. This last suggestion brought a gleam to his eye and he sprung up, “My god, of course. Let’s go now. We could revolutionize this place. I can see it all now. The neighbours will see me walk by and say “There goes that Sid “Green” Khandelwal, what a guy! I may even be voted society president! Let’s go now!”. He darted towards the door in a leafy blur but stopped in his tracks when I yelled, “Baby steps, Al Gore! First pants, then prez”. He gave me a look of disdain and muttered while walking towards the bedroom, “You little people. Holding me back, yup, holding me back!”
Note to readers: My “subtle” digs at my well meaning husband hopefully serve to entertain, but also highlight this larger issue that has been playing on my mind for a while now. The environment is something we all need to get more actively involved in protecting, and I’m sure all of you have been affected by the drastic changes in our lives over the years. Do feedback in the comments section with any “smart” choices or things that you may do – some of us may never have even thought of these and may be inspired to adopt some changes and make better choices. It could be a great store you’ve visited with an eco-friendly line of clothes or recycling old wine bottles by using them creatively around your home. A smart holiday choice or anything really.
And of course, please don’t use Sid as too much of an inspiration by trying to exasperate your significant others!