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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: To Throw Away or To Keep
By Marie Fink


I remember being enthralled with a little muppet, a marionette puppet creation, who sang a ballad about being different. His name was Kermit the Frog and he captured more than one generation for his tenderness, caring attitude, and dodging the not so subtle advances of a brash, but beautiful pig named, Miss Piggy. These adorable creatures gave us much to think about while doing it with humor and whimsy. In his ballad, Kermit’s message was that it wasn’t easy being different, but being different sets you apart and you can do things that others can’t. This is a great message for kids. The endearing little frog’s problem was that he was green and as he sang so eloquently, “It’s not easy being green.” (I’ve recently noticed resurgence in the use of the frog, the pig, and their friends. No doubt, they will never lose their charm or appeal.)

Today, almost 40 years later, it’s still not easy being green, but for very different reasons and connotations. Green has been an adjective and a verb for a very long time, but almost old fashioned as a verb. However, a new meaning of the verb has emerged into prominence in the environmental movement. This movement is large and has too many nuances to try and define in one essay. The archaic use of “green” would go something like this, “He was so green (new) on the job that he never made a decision for himself.” Here’s a try at using “green” as a verb just after perusing the worldwide web for two minutes: “Eight Ways to Green Your Yard,” “5 Ways to Green Your Christmas Tree,” “Green up your birthday party,” “Green your pool,” and the list is endless.

I haven’t kept up with the life of Kermit the Frog, but I am assuming that he is the quintessential environmentalist by now. He would be very concerned for his original outdoor surroundings and everybody’s use or misuse of it. Environmentalism is broad and deep.

An exhaustive list by no means, this movement could include: recycling plastics, papers, aluminums, and just about anything that can be used again, even in the most imaginative ways. Also on the list are: saving the planet, (doing anything to prevent man from destroying the earth), saving any endangered species whether an animal or a plant, and last, but not least, conserving energy sources such as water and electricity.

Recycling has become easier than it used to be. It often meant traveling to the nearest refuse containers in a shopping plaza parking lot or elsewhere in town. There were places for newspapers, cardboard, glass, and plastics. I always seemed to have something in my car at any given time, just in case I would pass by a recycle bin. And just when my car was clear, I would empty something else at home that needed, you guessed it, recycled.

These ideas for saving our resources are excellent and yet, they can be extremely time consuming. I am grateful that our town recently passed out recycling trashcans. At first we were only able to throw away phonebooks and empty cans of sodas or vegetables. I rarely buy items in a can so it proved frustrating to have a large recycle container for little use. Then a couple of weeks ago, numbers one and two plastics plus cardboard were allowed. Now I am finding that I have to make frequent trips to the large blue container (funny, it isn’t green), but at least it’s only outside my kitchen door in the carport.

Time is a resource just as important as any other. I’m happy that my time as a recycler has been streamlined, and yet there will always be more that I could do. This may give me more time to catch up on the life of Mr. Kermit. We really are to be good stewards of everything God has given us on this earth. All things can be good and profitable if done in the correct attitude. We can even recycle to the glory of God.

By now, Kermit the Frog could possibly be on the endangered species list, but let’s not forget that even he thought of ways to be positive and helpful. Though it’s not always easy being green, we can all take a lesson from the cute little amphibian and figure out how to personally participate in a job to green up the planet.

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Joanne Sher 10/30/09
I like the way you weave Kermit through this. A nice read with some good information.
Laura Manley11/01/09
I wondered if anyone would include Kermit the Frog in this topic of green. You've done so without overdoing it. Nicely done!
Brenda Shipman 11/01/09
Who would've thought that we could learn so much from Kermit the Frog? He served as a whimsical (and cute!) prop to communicate some helpful tips, and inspiration, for the topic of environmental stewardship. Good use of strong nouns and verbs, instead of adjectives, to describe (especially loved "enthralled...ballad, captured, dodging, whimsy...). I also loved your use of the quote, "It's not easy being green," to introduce your topic. Terrific! Great transition between your first and second paragraphs, and your conclusion was strong, as well. Great entry!