I do a lot of things that seem deep.
That makes me feel good. Really, though, most of them have shallow, or merely pragmatic motivations. Of course the deep motivations come in to play in a big way. But the shallow plays a major role as well. I present to you the deep end and shallow end of some of my choices.
Deep — far better for the environment than disposables
Shallow — OMG! The little g pants are so cute! Less effort than cloth diapers, yet less enviro-guilt than the less biodegradable disposable types. But I really just like them because the pants are cute. And baby gets that cloth diaper booty I adore w/o all that extra laundry.
Deep — the best food for baby. helps create a strong mother/baby bond.
Shallow — why would I pay for something I can make myself?
Bottles? I’m not washing/carrying bottles until I have to.
Have you ever tasted formula? Don’t. Just don’t.
The Prius I Wish I could Buy
Deep — Better for the environment than a non-hybrid car. Not better than no car at all. (New Yorkers actually have that option.)
Shallow — I would so not have to shell out much money for gas. I could still have a car with less enviro-guilt. Cool.
Deep — If you could make the difference in the life of one child… yadda yadda.
Shallow — Hello? You there! The one working in August. Yes, you. You should become a teacher. You can make a difference in the life of a child AND think about it while sitting on the empty beach on a Wednesday in August!
Deep — Creates strong connection with child. Makes child feel secure and trusting of parents.
Shallow — Waaaaaay easier to use on public transportation than a stupid stroller. Waaaaaay easier to navigate around the tiny stores of NYC than a stupid stroller. Two hands! A mom who wears her baby can calm the baby and still have two hands. Woo hoo.
That’s all for now.
I’m sure I’m shallow in many other deep-seeming ways. Perhaps I’ll write a part 2, when I think of more. Can you think of any of your own?