I know that you can't see me, but if you could you would see the "soapbox" that I'm about to step on. I started this blog initially with the express purpose of creating humor, or inspiration, something positive in the lives of others. Not too long ago I realized that wasn't enough. I am a very passionate person. My opinions, likes, and dislikes are rather intense. (If you know me that's no surprise.)
So today's rant. I live in a lovely apartment complex. I think it looks a bit like the town of Florence in Italy. My oldest daughter thinks it looks "Disneyesque." So apparently I live in an Italian Disneyesque apartment complex.
I have an adorable dog named Rolly. His other name is EXERCISE MACHINE. His need for doing "business," in the great out of doors every few hours keeps me from being any type of potato person, whether it's a couch potato, or whatever type of furniture I'm "Potatoing upon." Never knew that a potato could be a verb did you?
Today as I was on a strolly with Rolly I walked past the dumpster. I stopped in my tracks. In that dumpster was a perfectly lovely, still working babies swing....barely used. There was also a kitchen set of furniture, two chairs perfect, one needing a little care, and the other in many pieces (but pieces that could be put back together and VOILA you would have a lovely dining room set of furniture. The table top was also in the dumpster, I didn't look to see if the legs were there as well.
This type of waste literally makes me sick to my stomach. I have known want in my life. Oh not the I'm starving and living under a bridge type of want, but the, we're going to lose our home, and go through bankruptcy, and not be able to pay our bills kind of want.
In addition I have two amazing parents who lived through the Great Depression, and World War II. My parents would NEVER have left perfectly good furniture to waste.....NEVER EVER!!! They would have cleaned it up and found someone who needed it and given it away.
Why did I not do that? I am "differentially blessed," as one of my Mission President's described physically challenged. Refurbing furniture and selling it online is not within my realm of abilities. I couldn't even load it in my car today and take it the the thrift shop that is LESS THAN A BLOCK AWAY!" My daughter and I car/share and it's her turn today.
So... the people who tossed all of it in the dumpster, why? .They had so much money they didn't need the furniture anymore? They were going to buy all new because they were tired of the old? Whatever the reason, recycling makes all the sense in the world....especially since we're less than a block from a place that would be THRILLED to receive them.
I don't always eat like I should, I don't always exercise the way that I should, but I will NEVER, EVER, waste something that could be reused, repurposed and put to good use.
As a child when I didn't want to eat something Mama would use the common phrase of my parents generation, "There are children in China that are starving." The stark reality is that there are children, RIGHT HERE in the United States of America that are starving. We don't have to reach so far away to find need.
It's almost Christmas time again...."A time when need is most keenly felt..." (The Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens) Look around at the assets that you possess. Then look at the good folk around you. Don't EVER throw away something that could be used by others.
Rant finished, I will now climb down from my soapbox (it's kind of high so I will climb carefully)