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The gift that keeps on giving …

Some time ago I wrote about the miscellaneous tools and other useful gear often found on my daily walks. Do I keep such finds? Heck, yeah. Much of it is stowed inside my tool chest or tucked away on the garage shelves.

Kathy presents the cup she retrieved from her own path. It will go into immediate use.

Jane presents the cup she retrieved from her own path. It will go into immediate use.

But now comes another pather/follower of this blog – Jane – bearing a gift recovered from her own walk of shame: a brown plastic recyclable cup clearly stamped for reuse yet pitched aside by some unthinking jerk.

Jane presented the cup to me Sunday morning at Caldwell Presbyterian Church. (I habituate a back pew reserved for the especially sinful.)

Her gift caught me off guard and her kind gesture was really appreciated. She’s the epitome of the frequent – and considerate – trash picker upper: she sees junk and picks it up. Hence the cup, which is now washed and in my cupboard – ready for reuse.

Hers is the gift that will keep on giving. Say, Jane, while we’re on the topic, if you come across any metric sockets, send those my way. It will help to complete the partial set already found. But Jane, thanks again. And keep up the good community service.

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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