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Letter to the Editor: Listen to grandma: Clean up your mess!

on August 10, 2014 2:00 AM

Recently I was asked to lead worship at the Grace United Methodist Church’s YMCA site. I believe we had a wonderful service and experience. But it was what happened at the end of the service that is also worth mentioning.

Once the service was over, everything had to be taken down and removed. This included the stage, sound equipment, etc. When the cleanup began, folks young and old were stacking chairs, moving items and then rolling up the large floor mats.

It went like clockwork. They were organized and fast. Before you knew it, it looked like we were never there.

This behavior of cleaning up after ourselves has seemed to get lost in our society. We see evidence of this after sports, university and community events. Sure we have folks (trash collectors) who come along after us and pick uptrash, but a lot of this could be avoided if we just cleaned up after ourselves.

If you ever visited a highway rest stop and used the bathroom facilities, you’d have to ask yourself this question: Why do they have reminders for employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom? Weren’t we taught that growing up? I bet our grandmothers would be turning over in their graves if they saw that we no longer practice consistently the things they taught us.

Turn on the TV and you see that we, along with other countries, have made of mess of things such as diplomacy, immigration, war, violence, government infighting and apathy.

Back at home we make a mess of relationships, with arguing, fighting, violence, infidelity and abandonment. There are so many benefits to cleaning up our messes.

It’s not that we have forgotten how to be responsible by fixing what needs fixing or cleaning up what needs cleaning. We just choose not to do it. And when we look around, we see that others have decided to do the same thing.

Pastor David, speaking at the Grace YMCA service, said during the sermon that “we as humans are selfish.” He is correct, and that is at the heart of it all, I believe.

We all remember when our parents told us to clean up our room before play. Or to not cry over spilled milk. They were more than just things to do: They were life lessons!

Anthony Frazier


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