April 25, 2011

Second Trip

Today was walk number two for inclusion on Walking Miss Eva.  It was a beautiful sunny day in San Diego and we stayed closer to home.  We live one block from an elementary school so we walked around the blocks surrounding the school today.  (This may account for the high number of cigarettes and bottle caps in today's haul.)

Our walk was around 3:30, which is close to when school is let out for the day and seeing all the children walking home I couldn't help but think of recent cuts to school and library budgets here in San Diego (as well as many other communities across the nation).  Although litter has little to do with school budgets, politics, and pension debates I do think they both illustrate the vulnerability of our youth.  Just as litter can impact the health of our children and we need to protect them from it and other environmental dangers, we are also responsible for providing an environment for learning and growth for our children.  I was fortunate enough to grow up in communities and with parents that valued learning and was a frequent attendee of reading hour at our local libraries.  I hope that the same opportunities will be there for Eva and the rest of her generation, especially those that may not have the means to have books in their homes.

Pretty plants, not so pretty trash
Trash Count

Thanks for reading and any emails or comments are welcome.

- John

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