Columbia, SC — I used to keep my yard, but at 93, I just don’t have the strength to do manual labor anymore. However, I work two days a week at the information desk at Palmetto Health Baptist. It is a sit down, answer the phone, tell people where to go kind of job. My yard person comes once a week to keep my yard clean enough so my neighbors won’t run me off.
Recently on a typical Friday, my yard had been cleaned, trash had been put in big plastic bags, tied up neatly and placed by the curb, when along comes city maintenance. When the big machine lifted the bags off the street to place them on the truck, it split one of the bags, emptying leaves all out on the curb in front of my house.
In earlier days, a person with a broom would leave the area neat and clean. Not today. The crew rode off as if nothing had happened, and with all of the little curlicues off the oak trees, the rain, etc., I had a real mess. It looked like a field that had just been plowed.
I don’t have a suggestion to directly address this problem, but I know there are a lot of good people who would jump at a chance to get a job and would work hard to keep it. ’Nuff said.
Katherine W. Wolfe