Day 195: Auld lang syne … to litter

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Being New Year’s Eve and all, I had originally planned to rev up the glamour quotient on my good deeding today.

But since my ball gown and tiara are at the cleaners (I don’t actually own a ball gown or tiara), I decided to collect trash instead.

But glamorous trash — sort of — in my local park, complete with fancy playground … and benches.

Many mornings, I wave hello to the 15 to 20 daycare kids who waddle by in their snowsuits (hanging onto a rope) on the way to play in said park.

And since the snow had melted a little recently, I’d noticed the litter popping up all over the park. It started to snow again today so before it got too deep I headed for the park, bag in hand.

At first, I cursed my woollen mitts because they made it much harder to pick up the stray water bottles, chocolate milk cartons and (believe it or not) full-size barbecue cover I found.

But they turned out to be the perfect protective accessory. I came up against a thorny shrub and the mitts helped me safely extricate a Red Bull can, Tim Horton’s cups and other wrappers trapped within its prickly branches.

Once again, almost everything I found was recyclable — except for the BBQ cover and some unused anti-static dryer sheets (???).

No, not much glamour, but at least next year the kids can play in a tidier park.

Happy New Year, folks!
I wish you much peace and happiness for 2009 and beyond!

In the spirit of the new year, a Happy person I know was kind enough to share John O’Donohue’s lovely blessing/poem “Beannacht” — here it is read aloud. Enjoy!

P.S. After reading my last post, “Tree time,” a reader (thank you, Bea!) sent along this photo of a beautiful tree in Goes, Zeeland Province, in The Netherlands (a most definitely huggable one!).

Can't see the forest for the tree.

Can't see the forest for the tree.



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2 responses to “Day 195: Auld lang syne … to litter

  1. Well done! Next time you pick up litter we’d love to have you join us as a Bucket Head. 😀

    Happy New Year!

    Ben and Lori

  2. gooddeedaday

    Thanks, Ben and Lori, I’d be honoured! Happy New Year to you, too!

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