Children - especially Ella - although Wells... my young man you are a true delight of a human. Funny, loving, wild, and stubborn just like your sister - and currently you don't like to sleep - but you are the warmest of lights ever shining in our home.
But back to Ella...
Yesterday you said something very interesting while taking a bath... You said that "we will never run out of water". You were in the bath and I said that we had to turn off the water - you asked why? And I tried to explain that wasting water is bad... and thus your response.
We our living in an interesting time and you are born into and will grow up in a much different era than when I grew up. Every generation is nostalgic about their generation - every generation thinks that the next generation is lazier, dumber, weaker, and more privileged than the last. They do this because you can't buy back the youth you so covet. Subconsciously they want to be young again - and therefore remember their youth as some sort of glorious time where everything was better. That wasn't the case.
We currently have morons for leaders. We are living in a world of cynicism and derision. Neighbors don't trust each other. Jobs are scarce, Everyone is scared.
This above sentences could be taken from any time throughout history. So don't sweat that stuff. What I do know is that we are here for a short time and you'll have a life choice to make at some point. Laugh more by being selfish and building a life you can enjoy. Or focus on the human race and helping out your fellow man. Both are fine pursuits and will have their merits and detriments. I leave it to you to choose - but I do know that our planet is dying.
Your mother and I are not very good conservationists. We hope that you change us - the way your cousin Emily has changed your aunt and uncle lisa and fuzzy. I truly believe that we all came from one place and will return to it. We are connected to everything. Do I practice that belief in harmony? No. Do I think I'm a good human to the earth and my fellow humans... sometimes I try to do the right thing morally... but ecologically and socially... I could be better.
30 years ago my mother would have never said to me "We need to turn the water off because it's wasteful." but the time we live in now is different. So things DO change and WE DO get better... it's going to be up to you to see how far you want to take that.
I love you. I'm so proud and hopeful for the person you are growing to be.