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Pogo made a good point…

In the bygone comic strip Pogo, the little possum was prescient in his observation of the impact of humankind: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Of course, I apply Pogo’s teaching to the lunkheads who continue to make my Saturday morning walks miserable.

Carelessness apparently isn't a seasonal thing.

Carelessness apparently isn’t a seasonal thing.

Today was no different. My F-bomb pout from last week gave way to simple resignation. They toss it out, I pick it up (and sort it and recycle it).

I don’t know what they should get for Christmas. But if Mr. Claus dropped a conscience in their stockings, that would be a good start.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

1 Comment on Pogo made a good point…

  1. A mighty big footprint indeed. Thousands of years into the future, civilizations might be studying what we disposed of in order to learn about what we were like and how we lived.

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