I grew up in Drum Point. It's a little secret cove like neighborhood in Lusby, MD. The first best friends I ever had, my first day of school, the first time I snuck out, the first time I made out with someone (heh heh)....all happened in this little beautiful place in Southern MD. There was an old woman with permed white hair. I never knew her real name but we all called her Cookie. Ev
ery morning, and I mean every single morning, she would walk up and down the roads of the neighborhood for miles. She would wear a light blue track suit and power walk with a determined smile on her face. The bus I rode to school would pass her on her walk and her and the bus driver would wave to each other.
I always wanted to know what she was doing. Was she just on a morning walk? Was she training for something? Why would someone walk so much? How could someone her age have the energy to keep walking?
So then one day my mom told me. Every morning Cookie would wake up, do 100 push ups and go on a several mile walk. This was how she stayed young and vibrant. She was in er 90's so I have to believe this technique works. On her walk, she would pick up every piece of trash she saw and throw it away. She pretty much single-handedly kept the neighborhood of Drum Point clean for a few decades. I wondered if she was married or if her husband had passed away. I wondered what caused her to do that. I got older and moved away and never got a chance to find out.
This woman is seriously inspirational. If she can do that at 90, then all of us runners and walkers and hikers should follow suit. I don't know if you saw, but I made a video on my FB account recently after I got in from a run that was pretty much about how you hear so many people talk about how much they love their country and are so passionate about their beliefs and freedoms, etc. but throw their trash right out of their car window. So I'd like to reiterate my challenge to you, today. Every time you go on a walk, a run, or a hike pick up one piece of trash. Just one. For the rest of your life. It's a very small effort and it potentially can trigger an enormous change.
Let's do it for Cookie. Let's do it for this world we live in. One piece of trash. Every walk. You in? We'll call it "The Cookie Effect"...
(I couldn't find any pictures of her, but this one is pretty close to how I remember her)
Feel free to post below or on my FB the first piece of trash you find on your walk. Please share this post and comment and let me know what you think. Talk to you soon.