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That one %#$*&@ bag…

Path walkers log: on my route at 6:17 a.m.

Of all the Saturday mornings to sleep in, this would have been it.

Up after midnight yet wide awake at 4:30. I really wanted to sleep in, or at least stay in bed, for once in my sordid existence.

But yesterday I spied an empty tall kitchen bag with a red tie strap snagged on a trunk of a tree along the sidewalk I patrol. So rather than roll over and attempt to dream of other things, I thought about that one single bag. I hauled my sorry carcass up and out of the sack and went downstairs to get my coffee started.

The bag of my dreams is upper right. The other junk was just along for the ride.

The bag of my dreams is upper right. The other junk was just along for the ride.

The bag wasn’t all that far from the house; perhaps 600 yards into my walk. It was the first thing I retrieved but surely not the last.

As I sit on the couch writing this, part of me still wishes for the gift of sleep. But the bag couldn’t wait. Sleep can.

About Dave Bradley (259 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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