My last first day of classes are finally here and with it so is the cold. I can promise you that fear of frost bite was not in my list when I woke up this morning.
As I am walking from building to building, I find myself struggling to breath in the cold wintery air. The snow on the ground has turned to slush, and I am often sliding around the sidewalks. How is it that I ended up here?
I can tell my professors are anxious to begin teaching. They have all skimmed over the syllabus and jumped right into the material.
However, I did encounter a first. The professor for Waste Management Engineering (lovingly also called Garbage) started the course by playing a Modern Marvels episode on garbage.
"Garbage is like pornography. Trash for some and a lifestyle for others."
But it did make me think. So many of us don’t think about what happens to the left over banana peel that you just had for breakfast. We toss it in the garbage can and take the trash out to the curb. It is crazy to imagine that for some, that banana peel is necessary to make a living, pay rent and provide for their kids.
I guess what I’m getting at is that we should be more appreciative of those willing to the “dirty” jobs. We need to be kinder and say thanks often.