Patrick's Barn: Merry Christmas to Uscomments (2) December 15th, 2011 in Blogs
At the risk of upsetting my very kind mother, who loves Christmas more than anybody I know, I have mixed feelings about the holiday. I love the good food, good cheer, and even most of the music, but I really dislike the crazy consumption that comes with the season. Wrapping paper, cheap plastic toys, and tacky decorations put me in a holiday funk.
Of course I'm being a hypocrite, as home (or barn) building is among the most consumptive things we do as Americans. It's estimated by the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) that the construction of a 2000-sq.-ft. American home generates 8000 lb. of waste. Even our own barn-building project has tripled our weekly trash output, even though I feel like we hardly produce any waste at all compared to a typical residential construction site.
Somehow I see the trash produced by building as less upsetting, because a properly constructed building can last for generations, unlike the trinkets we accumulate every holiday season. So thanks, Mom, for the door--and Merry Christmas. And I hope you like the present we got for you. Money is a little tight right now, so I can honestly say that your new door is perhaps the best Christmas present ever.
Patrick and Carol
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