Some people have asked why our blog is titled “the Green Wallet.” Is it some obscure literary reference? Is it a secret code that only those who are “in the know” will understand? Was it inspired by one of our many adventures on the island? And the answer is . . . we really wanted to name it “thuh Grryne Waalytte” but we thought that it would get tired of spelling its name for everyone by the time it was in first grade.
Really, though, the name was inspired by my wallet, which is indeed both a wallet and green. It was sitting on our desk crying out for attention as we were filling out the forms to adopt a blog, and we just couldn’t resist. It looked so cute and helpless. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t crying out for attention or anything. It was just there. We didn’t know what else to do. Micah wouldn’t let me name it anything with a big GRE word (I was going for something about perspicacity–one of my favorite words since my senior year of high school) and we couldn’t agree on anything else. Finally in a moment of frustration I said–and I wasn’t serious–“How about ‘the green wallet?'” (I also unintentionally named my family’s cat, Twinkie, that way. Rest assured that we will be more careful when naming our children.) The suggestion passed even the most stringent of our standards. And that was that.
But, being a sucker for “deeper meaning,” I had to justify that it was a worthy title. So here it goes: a wallet goes with you everywhere. It is your passport to go places and do things. (I’m not going to talk about Visa’s “Life Takes” commercials . . . or Capital One’s “What’s in your wallet?” spots, but you get the idea.) A wallet holds your drivers license, identification, bus pass, money, credit cards, debit cards, insurance cards, cash, coupons, and other miscellaneous items of significant worth only to the owner. I have a note from Micah in mine, he as a picture of a cow I drew and note from one of his nieces in his. Basically, a wallet tells a lot about who you are, from where you live and how you spend your money, to what is important enough to you that you feel that you need to keep it with you at all times. If you look deep enough, a wallet is full of stories, despite the fact that it is one of the more mundane objects we encounter in our lives. Which brings us to the next point . . .
. . . which is, why did we want a blog? Besides that its an easy way to let our families know what we are up to, it gives me something to do when its a slow day at work. More importantly, it gets us to look at our lives to find things that are fun and exciting, or thought provoking, or important to us. And it lets us think about it a little bit more. I know some people who feel that a moment is wasted if they are not doing something wild with their lives, but we feel more that a moment is wasted if we don’t find something interesting in it. Writing it down, making a story or commenting on it, helps us see other things a little bit more clearly and put things in perspective. We hope you enjoy reading about the little stories we find in our everyday lives.