Life’s Like That
Very different to today’s impersonal council clean-up days, doesn’t this 1970s anecdote about the Giveaway Sunday practice demonstrate a refreshing community spirit?
A neighbourhood suburb filled with young couples on a budget developed a custom they call Giveaway Sunday. On that day, everyone puts out unwanted items on the edge of their lawn - furniture, children’s outgrown clothing, what-have-you.
Anyone who sees something they can use is welcome to take it. Neighbours rummage through each other’s discards, and cars cruise along the street while occupants
eagerly scan the various offerings.
My nephew was so determined to get rid of a mounted moosehead that he attached this pleading note to one of the antlers: “Please take me. I’m lonely.” When he went to check, the moosehead was still there – and another note had been tied to the other antler.
“Hold tight!” it announced. “I’m bringing you a mate!”