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My path as it should be

This is the second to last leg of my path. It is the quietest stretch of my route, an overgrown aisle of concrete about 300 yards long with about a quarter mile left to my front doorstep. This is how the path should look. Only it rarely does.

I'm fine with encroachment by poison ivy, English ivy and grass along my path. It's the man-made discards I have trouble with.

I'm fine with encroachment by poison ivy, English ivy and grass along my path. It's the man-made discards I have trouble with.

Most Saturday and Sunday mornings, however, it's strewn with fast food bags and other assorted junk. Someone must like Coors Light because there's always a can or two near this very spot. Conjecture in this corner is it must be kids from the prior night who jettison

their illegal brew before they reach home. The entrance to a subdivision where kids come and go is only a block or so away. What is amazing in that of all the hundreds of laps I have logged around my extended block, never once have I ever seen anyone toss anything out the car window. Maybe the crime of littering is a nocturnal activity where the perps know there will likely not be disapproving eyes as they go about their unthinking, dirty business under the cover of darkness.

But, alas, I am resigned that something that shouldn’t be there will always be there when I pass this certain spot (the same goes for most other spots along my 2.5 mile trek). I find it disheartening that it is so.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility ( I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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