March 13, 2012 5:00 p.m. Weather: 2 degrees and extremely windy. Today a sign flew off of the top of the Husky Tower…another powerful wind! A blizzard blew in, and looking out the front window, it was difficult to see; so much snow was flying west to east. When all settled down, Max and I headed out. The blessing of today’s excursion was that, as we approached the parking lot, I saw a gentleman with a broom, a pan and a garbage bag, sweeping up the lot. I thought to myself, “There’s the guy to take our photograph today!” It turns out that it was Brian Ross, a young man who I had taught in 1995! We were able to chat for a short while. He works a daytime job and moonlights in this particular job so his wife can stay home with his two young children. I feel so proud of him.
We spoke to one another for a while about the irresponsibility of people to their environment. Each choice that one person makes to drop a container onto the ground, creates an impact on the larger picture. Brian said that he picks up between four and six bags full of similar litter from the parking lot alone each week. He pointed out the hedge bushes that were covered in packaging of every variety. I appreciate his efforts, but so wish that we might change the public consciousness. I feel as though people are living in a fog. They are just too busy and distracted to take pause in such concerns as this.