Because I was planning to go to the dump today to take a load of trash that was in the back of the pickup from a cleaning project I recently finished, I was feeling great about things, because I was so on the ball. I gathered up all our own household trash to take too. Well, Gimme saw her bag of "left out toys" in the truck and wanted them. (You see, I put the bag of toys in the back of the truck so that Gimme would think that I really was going to toss them, and then she'd try harder to keep the toys picked up when she was done playing with them.) I told her she still couldn't have them because this morning she emptied out the toys she had in her bedroom and didn't want to clean those up.
Anyone see a pattern here? I am really trying to teach my kids to pick up after themselves because I simply can't keep up. So far, none of my methods have been successful.
Read on my friends, read on....
Today was my first trip to Bonneville County dump, so I was a little disoriented and feeling a little bit of pressure about the system they have out there...drive onto the scale, get a number, drive into the garage thing, back up to the pit (I don't do well in reverse, so I was taking up two spots. There were 2 other trucks in there driven by men and I just know they saw me backing up crooked and were thinking I was some crazy lady...MORE PRESSURE!!!)
I tossed every bag out of the truck, which by the way was quite a feat since I didn't quite back up far enough to the pit. I had an extra 3 feet or so to heave the bags over in order for them to get to the hole.
When I was finished, I nervously hopped back into the drivers seat and headed out. Gimme was visibly upset and when I asked her why, said she didn't want the big tractor to smash her toys...
Oh shoot. The toys. I threw out the toys!!! They were long gone because I wasn't about to go through that gauntlet again.
If only I were more familiar with the dump, or maybe didn't have to drive backwards to the hole. Maybe, if those other men weren't looking at me funny, then just maybe I would have remembered not to toss the bag of toys.
It was an honest mistake, I promise.
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