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Because it’s my path…

So, asked an inquirer, ‘why not walk another route? There’s a lot trash other places, too.’

A fair enough question.

Every so often it crosses my mind to venture in a new direction. When I drive down Rae Road, there’s lots of stuff that’s been

The gentle arc of my path on Sharon View Road. For better or worse, it is my path, and I accept the responsibility of tending to it.

The gentle arc of my path on Sharon View Road. For better or worse, it is my path, and I accept the responsibility of tending to it.

there for a while. Polystyrene foam Big Gulp cups stuck in storm drains. A crushed can here, a fast food wrapper there. Same with going further east on Sharon View. More junk, more stuff to pick up. No matter which way I could alternatively turn, there’s more litter – more litter everywhere.

As much as I’m willing to do so, there’s no way for me to tend to all streets. I think that now when my bag is about to burst as I follow my Sharon View-Colony Road-Fairview-Sharon Road loop every day: “How the hell can I pick all this up?”

I empathize with the need. But my path is my path. In a manner of speaking, I own it. It is my accepted responsibility to take care of my little acreage stretching some 2.5 miles. Have plastic bag, will travel. And clean up along my way.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter 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 letters 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 so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' 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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