Wednesday, December 7, 2011


It's freezing cold. Windy enough to blow a dog off a chain.
There are all these little green leaves blowing off trees.
Your job is to take a big broom and sweep them all up off
the street. For it's OK to have people going to the bathroom
all over the place, but leaves in the streets? It's beyond the pale.
So you take your broom and you sweep. Then the wind
blows them all over the place again. Then you sweep
them up again. Then the wind blows them around again.
Sometimes you have to run to keep up with the leaves.

Then someone drives by and messes everything up again.

It's enough to make you want to give up. But then
you keep sweeping, it keeps blowing, you keep sweeping,
until at 5.00pm, you can stop. There are lots of people in
China, but we have jobs for most of them.

1 comment:

  1. At least there's only one person there.

    What I love is seeing a whole CREW of street sweeping employees, with exactly one of them pushing leaves around with the homemade broom. The others are talking, and looking very relaxed. I suppose this is a "job" too in a sense, to "keep up the spirits" until it's their turn to do the pushing!