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The Good Samaritan…

I should learn to look at things other than sidewalks as I drive through my ‘hood.

Yesterday I spied a McDonald’s bag that had disintegrated upon impact when it smacked the concrete along my route. The contents – polystyrene cup, a box that held some sort of mega-burger and wrappers – were strewn over the small impact zone.

Normally this doesn’t shiver my timbers. But with rain in the early morning Saturday forecast, I momentarily stewed about picking up the wet junk.

This morning's debris is contained in a neat and tidy bundle.

This morning’s debris is contained in a neat and tidy bundle.

When I stepped out into the drizzle this morning at 6:22, I was fully prepared to come across this flotsam a few hundred yards into my walk. But when I arrived at the scene, every last shred of it was gone. Someone, another soul sickened by litter – a Good Samaritan – had beaten me to the punch.

That gladdened me. Not that whoever it was is a subscriber here. In fact, there are so few of you that your numbers could be counted on my digits. But for today, let’s make this anonymous Good Samaritan one of us.

The rest of my walk was as you would expect; the odd assortment of Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light and Pepsi containers, a Popov Vodka bottle, Burger King debris and lots and lots of polystyrene.

The contents unleashed. Not so neat and tidy.

The contents unleashed. Not so neat and tidy.

So I sit on the sofa sipping a cup of nuked coffee as I write this, offering a tip of my cup to whoever it was that made my morning a little brighter – and a little cleaner.

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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