On the last business day of 2016 at nearly the last hour we carried up in triumph from our newly well-ordered storage platform:
Five filled trash bags;
Two mildewed sleeping bags,
One cracked turntable cover,
And a broken down old plastic basin.
We loaded it into the Jeep and joined the line of vehicles inching toward access to the county dump.
The monitor checked our load. (Yes, we have no electronics, nor have we any forbidden hazardous waste.)
And down to the loading dock we drove.
What a field trip! What a holiday!
On this Last Day to Use 2016 Dump Vouchers a mountain of discarded junk was being tipped or hurled onto the floor. Giant shovels labored to load the heaps of tattered old stuff into the parade of garbage trucks standing ready to carry our discards to the landfill…..
We can lament waste, conspicuous consumption, proliferating plastics, throw-away culture, and the great shift from repairability. We can. But it was the sixth day of Christmas…
…And for a few minutes I was one with the little boy who stood gazing in wonder at the twenty foot tall mound and in delight at those giant machines rumbling away at their work.
(The flip side of Santa’s sleigh?)