Friday, January 16

Sign of the Times

Litter Becomes Lunch

Today, while driving I saw a man and woman picking up aluminum cans. They wore expressions of desperation and exhaustion on their faces. Pulled to the side of the road, their mid-sized sedan was bulging with garbage bags presumably filled with the fruits of their labor. On this stretch of River Road, which skirts the edge of Davidson County, regular services like roadside pickup rarely occur so they had hit the mother load.

On one hand, I'm glad the litter so many drivers toss thoughtlessly out their window would end up as a hot meal or a warm coat for this couple, but saddened that the state of the economy has driven people to clamber down deep ditches and along roadsides to eek out a living.

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