Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Achy Breaky Endorphins
I am being a dedicated person this week. I have just completed 4 hours of volunteer time at the local county park/swamp. While there I pulled weeds, raked leaves, dug out poison ivy, swept sidewalks, hauled and spread mulch and pruned wild crazy overgrown trees. I met some charming young women who work there and a very nice man who supervises the staff. He is also in charge of the reptile and amphibian survey in our county. Now I will get off my butt and start counting those animals and email him! It appears that we have been sighting some rare species, so we need to be more careful about tracking them. I also learned a few indigenous plant names and what they looked like as they were starting to go dormant.
My back aches, my feet hurt, my ankles are stiff and my hair is full of leaves and mulch. My clothes are filthy. But I remain unbowed, because this is a good thing to do every once in a while. For some reason it is more inspiring than shelving books (my other volunteer effort). This is probably because you can whistle accompanied by birds or even talk while you work and the air is wild and free.
I will carefully shower, will wash the garden tools with soap and water and will wash all clothes to avoid any trace of poison ivy. (As a post script, I got a dot of poison ivy on each wrist...!)
Now I am off to eat enchiladas and drink a nice margarita as a reward.