The day after Benjamin's 9-month birthday (8/4/08), we joined with extended family and some of the Boy Scouts from my Dad's troop to go pick up litter along the highway. ADOT provided the vests and the bags, and later on, picked up the filled bags. Children under age 12 were not allowed to help, due to safety measures. My mom watched all the grandchildren and blew bubbles with them at Benjamin's monument. (Wish I had pictures of that, too!)
It was amazing how cheerful everyone was while doing a normally distasteful task. The work was motivated by pure love. (Or duty, in the case of the scouts.:))As for myself, I felt WONDERFUL! I was overwhelmed by the number of people who were willing to come and help. Thank you, McCleve family! You are awesome! And thank you, Dad's Boy Scouts!
That highway was a mess! We ended up with 37 huge bags of trash.
I loved spending that time doing something good in honor of our precious son!
My sister mentioned that it was neat to think of how much nicer that stretch of highway is because of Benjamin--it was a good work that he brought into the world.