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Scavenging

Posted by Mummy Dearest on Jul-18-2014

I live at the top of one of the longest streets in the old city center. I have never gone down the whole street, the furthest ( farthest ?) I go is across the street from the big butt cathedral, where I dump my garbage in one of those underground containers, a privilege which is quite pricey, but they do have *garbage police* here, who sort out illegally dumped rubbish and there is quite a fine if you are caught.

I do know – rumor has it- that there is some sortof *residence* for the * socially challenged* members of the old city, somewhere wa-a-y down the street, far, far away from me. I live in an *A* location, she said smugly.

I still cannot walk very far at all without taking a short rest-the-foot break. I do very short term goals. I went to the supermarket today. Rest. Walk. Rest. Walk- you get the idea. On my third rest on the way home, I was looking around and saw this middle-aged, perhaps elderly woman rooting through a garbage bin. It is the sort of bin one finds in a city, aluminum colored, meant to scarf up used hankies and bubble gum wrappers. Not an atomic bin at all.

So I am sitting there, resting the foot, hiding behind my Jackie O glasses, and she is just rooting around in that bin. Then she found something and ate it ! It was across the street from a snack shop ( and also by where The Boy works). She was not gaunt. But I had rested the foot and was off to my next target. Once there, resting the foot, I saw her once again- rooting through another bin and finding a snack.

I saw her once more, doing the same. There is a bin really rather close to my door, I was tempted to hang out for a while,however it was really warm and I just opened my door and went upstairs.

Been There, Saw That.

  1. Karan Said,

    I’d be very tempted to leave a little unexpected surprise for her….not necessarily food but something she’d not expect to find in the bin. I’d do it over and over and see how often she turns up in neighborhood A.

  2. Mummy Dearest Said,

    I hear what you are saying. I have not seen her again. I have spoken to a few of the *socially challenged*. It has led me to believe that I am terminally naive. ( I have a friend ! I have a friend ! ).

  3. Karan Said,

    You must write to me and tell me more tell me more!

  4. Mummy Dearest Said,

    It can be strange at times. And I have had to accept that given where I live and how terribly polite I can be at times, I really have to stay out of this. I saw her again the other day, a somewhat lighter grey garb, still hitting the rubbish bins. She checks out the empty or almost empty water bottles at that bin.

    Oh well, makes life a bit more interesting.

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