Our school holds a Pedlars Parade every year, the day before the Easter break. It is probably the biggest event and fundraiser of the year. The children go to school in costume and bring a tray of wares to sell at school in a recreation of a market.
My eldest boy was a viking selling bone-shaped lollies in a cardboard box that he made to look like a viking ship. I made the cape and fur around his shoulders and shins. The middle boy dressed as a mad scientist calling himself Dr Cockroach, and selling Awesome Shock popping candy. The youngest boy dressed as a demon and sold red jelly beans which he called Demon’s Fire Starters.
Too many lollies ingested and the sugar crash came early evening at soccer training, but Pedlar’s Parade only comes once a year and the kids love it.
We were talking at dinner one evening about how the big supermarkets (Coles and Woolworths) are putting a squeeze on farmers to reduce milk prices, and making dairy farming not sustainable. My middle boy was outraged and said that we should no longer shop at the big supermarkets and we all decided to take a stand against their unethical business practices. So, we will now be shopping at the Independent Grocers who are not big enough to do farmers and small producers out of business.
Skipping supermarkets, shopping malls, and super chains – Little Eco Footprints
Not purchasing products with palm oil in them – Conscientious consumers