I recently celebrated a birthday. I only write about it to try and eek out a few more birthday wishes. ;-) And, also, to share how supportive family can be of ecological values, what wonderful no-waste gifts can be given and how a birthday can be celebrated in style with very little cost to the environment.
My first gift consisted of my in-laws entertaining the kids so that I could enjoy a night out with my husband.
My gift from my husband was a carefully thought out, environmentally-conscious romantic evening. He was already in the city for a conference and arranged for me to take the commuter train up. As an aside, I have not taken that train in years but it is a great way to go: no traffic, no worries about driving in the rain and some quiet time for reading one of the many books on my to-be-returned-to-the-library-before-more-fines-accrue list.
Upon arrival in the city, we drove (okay, not carbon neutral) to Union Square. We shared a relaxing, meditative couples massage and then walked to dinner at Millennium, a delicious, vegan eatery that specializes in organic local ingredients that are sustainably grown.
That special time away regenerated my body and spirit as well as my relationship with my husband. I returned home feeling rejuvenated and not a day over 29. ;-) I can't wait to enjoy the gift from my parents - a coupon for another night away with Mr. Green Bean.
A perfect, regenerative birthday.