Zachary is currently going through an "energy conservation, save the earth" phase. This has been preceded by both the "bible thumping" phase and the "lock every door in the house before he goes to bed" phase. Recent conversations with Zach go something like this:
While watching fireworks:
Zach: "Is the smoke from those fireworks bad for the environment"
Me: "No Zach, it is OK"
Zach: "How do you know? What kind of smoke is it? Where does it go?"
Me: "Hmmm... I am not sure"
While sitting in the van with Pete while I run into store:
Zach: "Dad, Is there anyway to play the radio without leaving the car running. You are wasting gas and that is bad for the environment"
Upon hearing we are getting solar for the pool (but thinking it was solar for the entire house)
Zach: "When is the solar coming? We waste too much electricity in this house!"
He was very disappointed when I explained it would only be used to heat the swimming pool.
He has also been quite upset when seeing news coverage of all the fires. He worries about the effect of all the smoke on the environment. Socially aware and responsible child? Or early stages of OCD and anxiety? Time will tell!