Just Call Me Mom (7.17.17)
I wrote this story in my heart when it happened and finally got to create the article years later…
I pick up trash on my daily walks. It angers me to see trash lying around on the ground. Trash belongs in its proper place, not strewn about willy-nilly throughout Mother Earth’s beautiful landscape. Today I discovered a mother-load of trash on my pristine beach at Pawleys Island, SC. A picture is worth a thousand words, however I didn’t have my camera with me today. Here’s an inventory list of the trash from my memory banks:
- 8 pair of sunglasses. Only one pair was missing a piece. All of the other sunglasses were completely intact.
- 5 sets of goggles
- Many red and white plastic forks and spoons
- A woman’s scarf still tied with a knot as if she just slipped it over her head to undress
- Ponytail holders
- One lone plastic water shoe – the type that look like thick footie socks
- Plastic parts from fireworks debris
- An unidentified piece of clothing – maybe a woman’s bathing suit top?
- Scraps of beer cans
- Broken plastic – maybe from a boat?
- A metal handle off of something
- A white seashell with the name “Mom” written on it
- Part of a plastic food package stating, “Keep frozen until opening”
- A plastic wrist armband marked 8/28 from Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach which I discovered is located 20 miles from here. Today is July 17, 2013, therefore this armband has been floating in the ocean for almost one year or longer.
I untied the woman’s scarf to create a “tarp” to hold all of this trash. I walked around and rummaged through all of the seaweed nearby and retrieved more trash. It was a blistering hot morning and sweat dripped down my face as I worked in the heat. At one point, a man walking with his 3 year old son meandered over and dropped trash that the father had collected onto my pile. He didn’t say a word to me. It was surreal. It was as if he was contributing garbage to an altar. I felt like he should have at least asked permission to dump his loot onto my pile. Apparently, I was the designated trash collector and trash removal person in that moment. One person’s trash is another person’s workload. Just call me “Mom.”