Yesterday's talk about litter and your replies reminded me of a story I have not thought about for many, many years and which does make me realise that it is not only a 'modern' problem. In around 1956, when my first husband and I lived with our young son in the wilds of Lincolnshire, a group of the village men, including my husband, got together as volunteers to refurbish our village hall. One day, when they were at work repainting the inside, my husband looked through the window just in time to see a family in a car stop and walk towards the village hall with a load of fish and chip papers from the picnic meal they had just been enjoying in the car. As they began to stuff all the papers in the hedge bottom my husband (never one to tolerate any form of injustice) rushed out, grabbed the papers and passed them. When he got back to the car he opened the back door and stuffed all the papers on the back seat, told them he would report their number plate to the police if they tried anything like that again and told them in no uncertain terms to take their rubbish home. Without a word they got back in and drove off. Henceforth he was rather regarded as a local hero.
But I do also think that shops and take away establishments have also contributed to the problem. We never had take aways - I don't think my parents ever ate other than home-cooked food at home. I certainly never remember dining out as a child. Fish and chips occasionally was as far as it went. Now things like pizzas and take away meals served in plastic 'throw away' cartons are everywhere.
Good Friday today. Not a lot of religious significance is put on Easter week-end any more and I have no doubt many people, and most children, have no knowledge of what it means these days. When I was a child nothing opened on Good Friday. Now, friends who often do a bit of fresh shopping for me on our Friday market, went down yesterday expecting the market to be a day early. But no - it is open today as usual. Yesterday of course, when I went for my scan, was Maundy Thursday. How many people realised that or thought about it and considered what the significance was. And I am not at all religious - far from it. It is just a relic left from my childhood, when everybody knew - certainly in villages.