“In the shadow of the day…will embrace the world in grey”
It was a cold and foggy morning… Okay, it wasn’t very cold, but it was quite foggy and the perfect morning for a walk through Lincoln Park in West Seattle. The mist through the trees was quite beautiful and though we scoured the park we found almost no trash, which made us quite proud.
We meandered toward the beach where Ben finally found litter hidden in the brush under massive amounts of leaves. An old Olympia Beer can and another beer can not yet opened! Lincoln Park is truly magical. Thank goodness he found the stash because my bucket consisted of one can, a few granola wrappers and a couple of bags of dog poo which I intended to drop off at the nearest trash can and NOT make it a part of my bucket-o-trash.
Ben walked the beach as I walked the path heading towards the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock. Joggers, moms with strollers, and many dog-walkers as well, all talking about the many events going on in their lives. We, on the other hand, would shout out the occasional, “Oh, I found a good one!”
This led to groups of people peering into our buckets to see what we were collecting on the beach. At first when they saw the trash they had a disappointed look. Then their look turned to admiration and a “Thank you for doing that!” type of vocal praise. I immediately became embarrassed over the praise and just muttered a “oh, it’s nothing.”
Ben on the other hand took the opportunity to talk about our blog and gave people our web address and encouraged them to pick up a bucket themselves once a week and talked about how fun and easy it could be. One lady even said she always carried an empty bag along her walks “just in case” she found anything to pick up…very encouraging.
I’ll have to follow Ben’s lead and not be so shy in marketing our desire to be green and give back to our communities. I’ll channel the rock star wannabe in all of us and promote…promote…promote. The next time you see us we may be passing out business cards!