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Topic: It’s Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)
TITLE: Dumpster Girl
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Carefully getting out of bed, I pulled on my robe and tucked my feet into slippers. Softly I tipped toed downstairs to the living room. With a click, the lights to the Christmas tree came alive. It stood tall in the corner glowing from the many lights. Beautiful, if I do say so myself.
Today was Christmas! I felt so blessed and excited to celebrate Christmas day this year as a married woman. I removed a gold ball ornament off the tree. Carrying it with me into the kitchen, I thought back to the day when I acquired it, and my husband.
During my last year of college, I lived in an apartment above a flower shop. I developed a daily routine to walk up the alley stairs to the second floor. The reason? Flowers. The storeowner would toss out flowers into a dumpster that werenâ€™t good enough to sell, but they looked fine on my tiny kitchen table.
It was the day before Thanksgiving and I came home after classes around noon. I wasnâ€™t going to dumpster-dive for flowers. I was leaving for home for the next four days. Then I thought itâ€™d be nice to take some for the Thanksgiving table.
This time, among the flowers, were lots of Christmas ornaments. Realizing I didnâ€™t have any and thought well, what a great time to start collecting some. A clear bag of shiny gold ball shaped ornaments tempted me. And just my luck! They were way down at the bottom of the smelly dumpster.
Nothing was going to stop me from getting those free ornaments. I stuffed my loose hair in my cap and then pulled it down tight around my head. I jumped so my body hinged on the edge, my arms stretched and reached way down to fetch the bag. I was getting a good grip on them when I heard someone clear their throat.
â€śOh!â€ť Started, I tumbled in.
A young man quickly came to the dumpster and looked down at me. â€śIâ€™m sorry. I didnâ€™t mean to scare you like that.â€ť
â€śWell, you did! I had no idea anyone was around.â€ť I snapped. My stocking cap covered my eyes. I smelled something that wasnâ€™t pleasant and saw some unidentified goop on my jeans.
â€śAre you all right?â€ť He offered me his hand and pulled me out. He was tall and thin, but he had a lot of strength. He practically lifted me out.
â€śSure,â€ť I said when my feet touched the ground. I pushed my stocking cap out of my eyes.
â€śWhy are you digging around in our trash?â€ť
â€śYour trash? Iâ€¦â€ť Panic hit me. Was it illegal to dumpster dive?
He looked at me closer. â€śIâ€™ve noticed you before. You live in 2B, right?â€ť
I could only nod my head yes. Great! Now the cops knew where to find me.
â€śMy uncle owns this place.â€ť
More bad luck, the nephew caught me.
â€śOh, I see,â€ť I said, finally, feeling my face turn red.
â€śFind what you need?â€ť Was there a hint of laughter behind that question? I could have sworn there was a twinkle in his eye. Twinkle or not, he held me spell-bound with his beautiful brown eyes. I felt an instant attraction, but I didnâ€™t think it was mutual.
â€śUmâ€¦yeah. I didnâ€™t have any for my tree,â€ť I explained. Feeling very foolish, I looked down and mumbled, â€śHere.â€ť I pushed the sack into his hand. â€śGotta go. See ya.â€ť
As I started to run up the steps, he called, â€śHey, dumpster girl, I wonâ€™t tell ifâ€¦â€ť
Dumpster girl? I stopped. Turning, I fearfully asked, â€śIf what?â€ť
He handed back the sack. â€śIf youâ€™ll go out with me.â€ť
I heard my husbandâ€™s footsteps coming down the stairs bringing me back to the present. My husband. My heart swelled with love and I gave the gold ball a quick kiss.
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