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"It's not easy," he began, shifting his legs from underneath him, placing his hands on his knees, and leaning his weight forward on to them. "No ifs ands or buts about that." "Every little piece of sh-, stuff. Every little thing we put into that trash can ends up in somebody's dump. It might not be my dump but it's in somebody's dump kid and that's not something you should ever forget. When you think something's disgusting and you gotta git it out of the way so you toss it in the trash bag it ends up with somebody just like me, so never forget that." He pauses and shakes his head. Two big blinking eyes are still looking back at him, waiting for more. And with a breath, he goes on. "When it all comes into the dump, we dump it all down. A huge pile of all that junk nobody wants to see anymore. The big stuff and bottles and paper is all supposed to go elsewhere, you know how your mom makes you take it out? But there's a bunch of it there too. And then we bury it." A small voice interrupts, "under the ground?" "Yep. We just bury it. Bury all that crap down there in the Earth because there is nowhere for us to put it. Ideally it just rots away--disappears--but it all rots back down into the earth and water and dirt and then we grow more things and make more trash and it goes on and on. That's just how it works, kid." ----------------------- This piece was written as a response to @KaitlynnJanae pointing out (read it here: http://www.vingle.net/posts/678045-Writing-in-Opposites) that we always write about the same things, so we should try to write in opposites! I didn't really have anything in mind to write about, though, so I took @chiaroscuro's prompt (http://www.vingle.net/posts/676456-Daily-Dose-of-Writing) to write about a father who is a garbage truck driver. My initial reaction was to write it in an inspiring way, but instead, I'll thought I'd let a dad tell his son a sad story, but I really couldn't do it! Initially, I wanted to make the dad kind of a stereotypical dead beat, but turned away from that and just had him give the facts of a landfill. Does that make it sad? I don't really think so. I'll have to try again!
@chiaroscuro Thanks! Like I said my first instinct was to make it about how he enjoys it, too, but I thought more about it and I just don't buy that everyone that works at dumps enjoys it. So I tried this!! Good prompt, by the way. @KaitlynnJanae Thank you! I'm glad it comes off that way, because I don't really see it that way but we're always more critical of our own writing, aren't we?
I actually really enjoyed reading this. When creating the prompt, I had only thought that the way to answer it would be to have the dad tell the son all about his hard work and how he enjoys doing what he does, but I think that you've sort of exposed the harsh reality to it. It's an eye opening perspective.
not everyone can write so naturally about everything and anything
this is really cool. its a good perspective too. I love how realistic and unforced all your prompt pieces are. not everyone.