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A foot soldier in a neighborhood war…

A quick scan of weather radar added a sense of urgency to this morning’s walk. What occurred to me as my coffee neared its brew cycle is ‘I’d better get a move on’ to beat what was churning through western North Carolina.

The scent of rain was evident the moment I stepped through the front door at 6:21.

This would be a morning to retrieve paper. My focus is typically on non-degradables and when paper is wet from rain it gets a free pass until it dries out; it will always be there the next time around or the time after that. Not so today with moisture on the way.

My 'prisoners' in my weekend war on litter. It's a ware that won't stop but I'll keep fighting back along the battlefront that is my path.

‘Prisoners’ in my weekend war on litter. It’s a war that won’t stop but I’ll keep fighting back along the battlefront that is my path.

I went back and forth between the satisfaction of denying slobs their slobbery and the depressing realization that no day will ever be clear of the trash that continues to appear day after day. I am a foot soldier in a neighborhood war where the battles will be non-stop and waged daily. So it is my duty to trudge onward knowing full well that it’s me against the forces that don’t know better than to junk up our shared environment.

Bring it on. You got nothing that impresses me.

About Dave Bradley (260 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.

1 Comment on A foot soldier in a neighborhood war…

  1. Bob Furstenau // March 16, 2014 at 9:51 pm // Reply

    Unions are in the game of litter now and probably always have been…I was just a bit shocked to find this sign on my walk in Des Moines

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