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You re-use those?!

It was a look I will never forget.  My mother’s face was overwrought with terror, shame and disgust.  I thought she might threaten to send me straight to my room.  It was the day when I told her about my new purchase of cloth menstrual pads. Now, my mother is about as eco-conscious as a Dixie Cup manufacturer on a bad hair day.  But I totally thought she would be proud of me for being so thrifty and trying re-usable, cloth pads.  Nope.  When I told her about them, and dared to suggest that she might want to order some cloth pantyliners – she gasped, as if I’d just invited her to engage in illegal and immoral activities. “Oh Amanda,” she said, “we used things like that when I was growing up because we had to.  Regular maxi-pads didn’t exist!  No, no – I wouldn’t ever use them again.”  My mom is nearly 70.  She cloth-diapered a couple of my brothers and was glad to switch to disposables with my sister and I.  However, she was really impressed by the modern cloth diapers I had chosen to use with my children.  She just wasn’t ready to hear about my new purchase – and she wanted no part of it. Admittedly, the apple hadn’t fallen far from the tree.  Years earlier, an ex-hippie, co-worker of mine was telling me about the …

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