T.hank G.oodness I.t’s S.unny!

October 10, 2007 at 9:50 pm (Other) (, )

We were hoping that the Vancouver civil strike would come to an end with last night’s vote, but it looks like we’re heading for a new record! What a time to be alive, eh? It’s been three months since the garbage was collected. When I worked nights at the bakery, I regularly hauled my domestic garbage over to the commercial dumpsters. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to have washed my hands of that stupid bakery, but my new job is definitely lacking in illegal-dumping perks. As for recycling, at least it doesn’t stink. I keep piling it up outside, thinking that one of these days I’ll make the time to lug it all over to the return-it depot and maybe even make some dough. But, really, who am I kidding? That would be difficult enough without having to drag a toddler over there and monitor what disgustingness she’s getting into while sorting my empties.

Really, though, garbage collection and recycling services are just icing on the cake that is city life. What I’ve really grown to love–and miss–are the programs offered at local community centers and branch libraries that give kids, and therefore parents, something to do on a rainy day. When this strike began, I didn’t think much about the absence of these services. It was the beginning of the summer and the weather was getting clearer, warmer, and drier day by ever-lengthening day. It was kind of a bummer that the neighborhood pool closed and was drained a mere two weeks after opening, but Eleanor didn’t much care for the water at that time anyway. So all summer, we just frequented the neighborhood playgrounds. It never occurred to me that this strike that was preventing us from using indoor services that we wouldn’t have been using anyway would or could last beyond summer and into the rainy season. Now, there’s no tot gym, no Mother Goose (although I won’t really miss that particular program), no music or crafts classes, no story time at the library. Heck, there’s nothing to do! If we’re going to have any fun this fall, this sunny Southern family is just going to have to make peace with the rain. Let’s get wet! …but first, let’s get some boots.

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