Children collect trash, putting elders to shame
Every state has designated a flower as its own. Maine is the only state not to have christened an actual flower blossom for that particular designation. Instead our “flower” is the pine cone and tassel (Pinus Strobus).
Not many towns have designated a particular floral emblem as their own. Vinalhaven may be an exception, for we have apparently selected the empty Budweiser can (Chuckus Emptius) as our own town flower. It emerges reliably each spring just ahead of the crocuses, lending modest variety to the companionable and astonishing accumulation of debris that a few of us clearly feel free to toss out the window day after day, night after night.
Those of us who think this is OK are exercising a proprietary contempt for our surroundings that is difficult to comprehend. And the rest of us have grown complacent and accustomed to it. So habituated that we muster all the kids in school, nearly every spring, to go out and clean up after a few of the rest of us. Last year, inspired by the documentary "Wasteland," and determined to make this a productive and fun affair, the kids painted the outline of our island on the outdoor basketball court. Then the entire student body hit the road.
More than 100 bags of rubbish were transported to the school and put in a circle around the painted island. The students, wearing blue to signify the ocean, then circled the bags and a Quad Copter drone maneuvered overhead to take the terrific photo that most have seen by now and that attracted such attention.