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Hope springs eternal

What quote am I vibing? "Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest." Alexander Pope

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild since Last Post: 67

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild in 2021: 118

All-Time Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild: 1712

7 days and 7 cleanups - I love a marathon week!

This week was the first time that someone littered right in front of me during a cleanup. When Brian and I were cleaning up around Seabranch Preserve State Park, two kids on bikes rode by (we were on one side of Dixie Highway, and they were on the other). I heard the clank of a can and looked up. "Oops!" I stare. "Can you get that?" I immediately reply vaguely in the affirmative, because my politeness is innate. Annoyingly. "Thanks," he shouted. "Alrighty," I replied.

I don't know whether he dropped the can to annoy me, by accident, or as a habitual litter-er who saw us picking up trash only after he had done his bad deed. I only know that he should have stopped his bike and picked up the can. He was gone before either Brian or I had our wits about us to shake our fists at him.

It can be hard to recover from something like that, from finding out just how little some people care. But this week I only encountered one horrible bike-boy. And many people who were thankful, shared stories of their own cleanups, and even one man who offered me his fancy private ocean-front trash can to lighten my load.

And so, our efforts continue. I always quote the above - "hope springs eternal" - out of the context of its whole, and I have to admit, I never paid much attention outside of those three words. I didn't immediately decipher the second part even as I typed it - "Man never Is, but always To be blest." Think on it, and I hope you agree, it doesn't have to be so. By serving our Earth, each other, and the creatures we share life with, we can find blessings in the here and now.

January 20th, Inauguration Day Sunrise. Hope truly does spring eternal.

January 14. Kanner Highway. 9 pounds.

January 15. Santa Lucea Beach. 5 pounds.

January 16. Seabranch Preserve State Park. 12 pounds.

January 17. Stuart Causeway - West Island. 18 pounds.

January 18. Kanner Highway. 7 pounds.

January 19. Virginia Forrest Beach - Parking Lot. 15 pounds.

January 20. Virginia Forrest Beach. 1 pound.

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