Friday, July 27, 2007
How do the kids feel about wind energy?
A recent post by Dr. Monkey von Monkerstein about renewable/sustainable energy reminded me of a discussion I had with my girls while on a drive in the countryside of southwest Wisconsin.
I spied a row of windmills off in the distance and told my children what was up ahead and what they were. I knew that I could see them, but the kids ensconced in safety seats in the back wouldn't see the windmills until we got much closer.
"The windmills provide energy, and we call that energy clean because it doesn't make a mess or have scary side effects like alot of the energy we use now," I told them.
"But you girls are going to have to tell me what you think. Some people say that they don't like the windmills because they are ugly. So as soon as you see the windmills you tell me whether you think they are ugly."
The countryside in southwest Wisconsin rolls a little so that the windmills played peek-a-boo with our car. Finally we came upon them as we crested a small drumlin so that they appeared like white giants out of nowhere. The effect took the girls' breath away.
"Oh, mama!" they cried, "they are beautiful".
I always think so, too.