I can't believe what our culture throws away! But I'll take it!
After swimming at the Y last night we needed to stop at Home Depot to get something. Rich thought they were open till 10pm so we went, but when we got there at 9:15pm they were closed. So we decided we'd go shopping in their dumpster! We scored lots of flowers! So then we were inspired to go check all the dumpsters in the area! At Rue 21 we found some really nice t-shirts right on the top, and at office max Rich put Rachael right into the dumpster to grab some stuff.
She came out with some glue sticks, a bag of jolly ranchers and best of all a leather portfolio with a three ring binder and a calculator inside. We gave it to Lily who thought it was Christmas! Lily was very interested in what we were doing and asked about a million questions, she was very upset that we couldn't 'rescue' ALL of the three racks of flowers being thrown away at the Home Depot. The concept of dumpster diving comes naturally to her. She has never understood why people throw things away and it has always upset her when I throw away anything old or broken. I usually have to sneak things right out to the dumpster while she is sleeping. When she was two we used to have to bring every little bit of leftover food, edible or not, in a doggie bag, until Rich finally convinced her one day that it was ok to throw it away because the Rat's at the dump would eat it. From then on when the waitress took her plate she would proclaim loudly, "The rats will eat it right Momma!?" So anyway, she got so into the idea of dumpster diving last night that she decided that that is what she wants to be when she grows up! Lily the Dumpster Diver! Makes a mother proud! As she was going to bed with her new notebook last night she said to me on her way up the stairs, "am't I a lucky girl momma, to get such a nice notebook that someone was throwing away?!"