Our trash pick-up day is Wednesday. So most of our neighbors put their trash outside on Tuesday afternoons or evenings.
We noticed the neighbor up the street had put a pink and purple tricycle out on the curb with their trash. My 3 year old already has a tricycle, but the girls and I were intrigued to see if this one was functional or broken. And as my 5 year old pointed out, “mommy, I don’t have a basket on my bike.” If the trike was broken, at least we could save the basket.
So we walked up the street to check out my neighbor’s trash. We immediately realized that there was nothing wrong with the bike. I have a feeling my neighbor’s granddaughter outgrew it, but why would you put a working trike out in the garbage? Why wouldn’t you donate it to Goodwill?
I rang my neighbor’s doorbell to ask their permission and they weren’t home, so I took it anyway thinking that I will let them know the next time I see that they are home. As we walked away with the trike, my three year old said, “mommy, it’s not awrs.” I’m so proud of that girl and I explained that I will go back to tell them when they were home. My five year old will hold me to it, not to worry.
As I said, my three year old has a tricycle, but I don’t think she is giving this up any time soon. We’ll eventually pass it on to another neighbor who is having a baby girl in July.
This is not the first time, my neighbors have hauled perfectly good items to the curb. Last summer, a different neighbor was cleaning out their garage and put a Sears Cargo Carrier for the top of your car to the curb. We have one, but my husband went to another neighbor to tell them about it. He went to check it out and it was in perfect condition. They left for a vacation last weekend with it on top of their van.
I’m not sure what goes through people’s minds when they throw things away that still have life in them. Doesn’t it amaze you what people throw away?
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