After posting this on my Seedlings blog, I got to thinking. Part of why I am nameless in my community is because I don't have a big "presence" here. I give my neighbors Christmas cookies during the holidays, and that's about it.
So when my kids asked to do a trash walk today, I decided it was the community thing to do. We packed some old plastic grocery bags into the knapsack and went to the library. On the way back, we gathered enough trash to fill what you see in the pic above.
It's not like I've done anything big, I know. But I can't help remembering the words of Wendell Berry...
Small destructions add up, and finally they are understood collectively as large destructions.
Conversely, maybe my small reconstructions can add up to something largely positive. Just thinking in this way seems like the beginning of something big.
Sidewalk Trash photo, by L.L. Barkat. Berry quote from essay "Contempt for Small Places," in The Way of Ignorance, p.7.