Today is Earth Day apparently and everyone on the Internet is talking about it. I like a bandwagon as much as the next person so I thought I’d share my Earth Day experience that is sort of about saving the planet and sort of about something else.
So I ride my bike to and from work (that’s the part where I save the planet). Usually I come home around lunch time and, when I ride through the park, it’s either deserted or has one or two very young children playing with their parents.
Today, though, my boss asked me to stay a few hours later to finish up a project. When I left, school was definitely out for the day and when I rode through the park, instead of seeing cute babies toddling around or enjoying the quietness of the park, I was confronted with a teenage couple making out. It is awkward to ride your bike around a couple in the middle of the sidewalk who obviously are not aware of your approach (and who, when they become aware of you, are none too pleased to be interrupted).
I maneuvered around them and breathed a sigh of relief, only to see that, ten yards ahead, another teenagey-looking couple was smooching on the bridge.
And then I passed another couple snuggling on a park bench.
It was sort of outrageous. Who knew that this park was Make-out Central? I really had no clue. I definitely prefer it in the early afternoon when it’s just me, a few ducks, and perhaps an innocent, non-hormonal child or two.
The moral of this story? Don’t ever stay late at work. And save the earth.