Monday, October 11, 2010

.: Scavenger :.

Dirt and rubble.

He diligently rummaged through the piles of rubbish. The foul stench and scorching sun didn't matter to him. A decent looking young man who couldn't possibly be more than his late 20s, he finally grabbed 2 toolboxes, a couple of garbage bags and placed it on his carrier. Seemingly satisfied with his haul of the day, he left the premises.

... ~ ...

I was doing my work from home when I heard the postman delivering the mail. Half an hour later I decided to check our mail. As I was about to step out of the house, that was when I saw a man loitering around our garbage bin. He didn't look like the garbage collectors, so I decided to peek through the curtains and observe his behavior.

In some areas in the city we can still find someone rummaging through rubbish looking for recyclable materials. However, this was my first time seeing someone doing that at a residential area. I had mixed feelings. Part of me wanted to go and offer him assistance of any kind. Another part restricts me from doing that because of safety reasons.

Just hope that whatever he found then, will be useful for him and possibly his family.

Oscar the Grouch.
11.13am Malaysian Time


hajar aman shah said...

Salam sister,
Salam kenalan. :)
I've encountered something like this before, he was on a tricycle without shoes on, and stopped and start rummaging through our trash (after our spring cleaning session-broken chair, old toys, etc). It was broad day light, and since my house was near to a public area (shoplots)-i took the courage to ask him, if i could help him with anything. Turns out, he was a foreignor, he recycle scraps steel, plastic etc for money. We took his number (everyone have cellphones) and call him up whenever we have things to give away. He turns out to be super nice.

Oscar the Grouch

Hajar Alwi said...

Hajar Aman Shah :: Alhamdulillah, salam perkenalan juga. :)

Aww~~~ that's really nice of you! How I wish I have just a meager of your courage and compassion~ May Allah S.W.T bless you sis!