Confession TimeApril 20, 2009
We had a marvelous gathering for my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary this weekend. Attending were their 4 children and the children’s spouses and the 7 grandchildren, plus friends from the area and friends from 2000 miles away where home was originally. All of my mother-in-law’s bride’s maids and matrons were there. My mother-in-law was just beaming.
Because so many people were coming from out of town there was a party at the hotel where most everyone was staying on the night before the “official” celebration. It was also a lot of fun with old friends and relatives catching up.
Here’s where the confession comes. I was put in charge of bringing the plates and napkins and tablecloths for a party of 35 people to be held in a hotel meeting room. I had 72 hours. I didn’t have much time to consider all the environmentally sound options. Really, all I knew was we wouldn’t have a place to wash dishes and utensils. There must have been a better way, but I went for disposable – I know, I know – and it gets worse. Not only was everything disposable – it was mostly plastic.
What’s my excuse? Money. I could have bought all paper and it would have cost 3 times as much – at least. The plastic was on sale at the party store for 99 cents a package – the paper cost between $3 and $6 a package. It is why people shop at the-store-that-can-not-be-named – it’s cheap! [At least I didn’t buy at the-store-that-can-not-be-named.]
Oh, I feel guilty. And rest assured, at home, when we have parties, it is on reusable plates and cups and I wash and reuse the plastic forks and such too. But an off-site party of considerable size didn’t allow for me to bring my stash of party plates (22 white glass plates I got at an auction for $1). So guilty I feel.