Category Archives: Things my parents taught me

Leave it cleaner than you found it.

     One family rule, taught to us from early childhood, one I never forgot and still practice religiously:  Clean up where you picnic, fish, hike, or just plain enjoy the outdoors.  Never leave anything behind!

English: Waikiki beach trash cans

English: Waikiki beach trash cans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


     I take it so far as to clean up after other people who are piggish enough to litter wherever I am unlucky to follow behind them.  I’ve been known to haul out garbage bags full of other people’s trash. 

     There’s nothing worse than to set out to enjoy the beauty of nature and to find it covered in someone’s beverage cans and other non-biodegradable trash.  Especially when the area provides many convenient trash barrels for your convenience. 

     Before you drop that food wrapper or can, think about the next person.  Don’t be a lazy pig, use the trash cans or, better yet, take your garbage home with you.  Pick up any garbage you find and leave the place cleaner than you found it.

     It’s not hard to do.  If everyone did this, imagine how lovely our parks, beaches, rivers, and even our own streets would be. 

     You all have a good one!