Thursday, February 15, 2007


Sammy’s IFSP went well today. It is a long boring meeting where we figure out what developmental goals he should have for the next year and how we can help him meet them. This is a good thing. But it involves a bunch of B.S. and sign about a bazillion papers. The good news is that he will continue in physical and speech therapy (for feeding issues).

But many of you may be wondering about the crunchiness thing I mentioned. First, a confession: I like to read the blogs of people I have never actually met. My brother Dave and his wife Monica have blogs and these have links on them that lead to other blogs. The other night while I was up with Isaac, I was reading random blogs and came across one that had a quiz “how crunchy are you?” I was unfamiliar with this term, but I took the quiz anyway. Afterwards I decided to research crunchy, and I am now intrigued. Is crunchy supposed to be good or bad? Basically the term seems to refer to preferring things that are natural and/or organic, like granola. In regards to mothering it means natural births, cloth diapers, homeschooling, co-sleeping etc. I wanted to post a clear definition, but I haven’t found one. Maybe some of you are familiar with this term? I’d like to post some more on this. But Paul is waiting to get online.


Dave said...

Crunchy Conservatives is the name of the book that Sarah was refering to. Monica and I have a copy if you'd like to borrow it sometime. The basic idea behind being a crunchy con is that you believe in traditional values, have religion, oppose abortion, like babies, etc., but at the same time you find value in the hippy philosophy of small communities, family farms, and organic food. Unlike the bigwigs in both parties, crunchy cons don't particularly like big corporations.

Basically the more crunchy con you are, the more you're like the Amish, who are able to shun modern standards without becoming immoral. The philosophy isn't terribly original, but it's helpful in that it reminds us that we don't have to vote the party line on every single issue. Just because we're pro-life does not mean we have to be anti-minimum-wage, for example. We can take the positive aspects of the (crunchy) hippy movement without adopting any of the parts we don't like.

Loree said...

Ahh, so that's why all the clothdiapering communities have that all over the place. It's another form of the happy medium.