171 The Dump

There was a period of time where I would load my stuff, then stop in town to pick up Judy and her cans. It was actually a lot of fun!

The concept of going to the dump has changed a lot.  I can vaguely picture Dad loading a truck when I was young.  Things loosely thrown in the back.  Stacked high.  

When we lived in Granite Falls, the garbage went to the dump.  Garbage service only came to end of the easement road, far, far away.  So, the trash was loaded into the pick up truck and driven to the Drop Box.

There was a period of time where I would load my stuff, then stop in town to pick up Judy and her cans.  It was actually a lot of fun!  I connect trips to the dump to release, to joy, and to connection to people.

When I went alone, I inevitably conversed with random folks, dropping off their own discardables.  We mused about our collections, or spoke of mysterious topics that came randomly to the situation.  When no one else was there, I enjoyed the forested location, the quiet, and the sense of accomplishment.

Judy and I would stop for coffee, or just talk and laugh.  

The dump at Airport Way is not as pleasing.  It is loud, all concrete, and doesn’t provide for interaction with anyone.  But my mind holds the same reward sensation.  When I visit, I feel the connection and the happiness that history has built into my cognition.  The relief of unburdening my world of trash, overwhelm, and clutter wins.  I win.

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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