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Sun Dec 24, 2023, 02:45 PM Dec 2023

A few days ago at the dump [View all]

There wasn’t a shred of MAGAT, Orange-Tinged cruelty visible during my visit to the dump a few days ago. Instead, there were examples of compassion and community which gave me hope.
I pulled up to a little building on the left, the workplace of an elderly, soft-spoken gentleman who assesses how much folks owe for the trash bags they toss into a compactor. I swapped some Vermont blackberry jam for his Merry Christmas handshake. The person behind me paid his $4.00 due with a $20.00 bill and said the change was a belated birthday present for the elderly gentleman. Because of previous conversations at that exact location, l knew that the $16.00 was like a million. Merry Christmas.

Next stop was the building that houses our down-home, country-style recycling center. Someone had donated the bottom half of an artificial green Christmas tree which was topped with the top half of an artificial white Christmas tree. Apparently someone donated a string of white lights, and magically….holiday beauty on a concrete floor. The place was busy, people greeting and hugging. The shelf that held donated, too-good-to-throw-out stuff looked more festive than usual with a snow globe, a pretty dish with pink roses, a candleholder from India and a little bear. Two of those items found new homes by the time I finished my sorting.

The man who works in the recycling building is a genius when it comes to finding new life for discarded objects. He’s so kind, so courteous, so helpful. As I gave him a cranberry-orange bread he asked if he could put his Christmas gift to me in my vehicle. I nodded, turned to accept a Christmas greeting and when I turned back, noticed a small bucket of Merry Christmas sand in my vehicle. I looked around the parking lot and noticed almost everyone had a small bucket of Merry Christmas sand in their vehicles. What a perfect country gift, what a lovely gesture of kindness. There was an uplifting atmosphere at Dump Day. So many people helping so many people. Thanks for jobs well done, lots of….let me know if I can help you, hugs, kindness. It was all so simple, so sweet, so right.

Sometimes it’s good to toss aside the razzle-dazzle and take in the stuff of substance. This holiday season I was determined to do just that. Burdened by the weight of hate out there, I searched for goodness and found it in many places, including the dump.

Sending love out to DUers. This place is the stuff of substance.

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