Picking Up After Others -- With a Smile
--by wayfarer, posted May 31, 2009
He was a neighbour and he was a few years older than me. That's about all I knew about the guy.
Now, there he was, on the strip of grass between our houses and the primary school. He had a bag and one of those "picker-upper" things, and he was collecting litter.
I was about to add "weird" to the list of things I knew about him, then I pulled myself up short. Since when did doing good equal weird? So, to make up for my lack of charity, I leaned over the fence and thanked him for doing a good job.
"Yeah," he smiled. "I'm sure the neighbors think I'm on a Community Service order!" From that little flash of humour, I was sure I was gonna like this guy. I commented how rare - and nice - it was to see someone doing good for no reason.
"Well," he said. "the kids really don't think about it when they drop litter, so ..." How refreshing, I thought, to hear an older person (like myself) who wasn't down on today's youth.
"Yeah," I agreed. "I probably left a thoughtless mess or three behind me when I was a kid as well. "Me too," he agreed. "And surely someone tidied up behind us."
We thought about this in silence for a moment, thn he reached down and picked up a juice carton. "I just look on it as ... well ... my turn, really."
And off he went, performing community service at its best.
- Posted by wayfarer
- May 31, 2009
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