Even though late at night and early in the morning, I have a cough that sounds like a death rattle and it currently feels like a colony of squirrels are performing the Gangnam Style dance inside my left knee, I am sticking around. Now that it is October, and the weather in Gotham City is transitioning into real deal fall feel, I am savoring the final moments of tee shirt season as well as the magic hour clouds that almost appear to glow.
After I photographed this cloud above my Upper West Side neighborhood block, I turned my attention to the tree with the two bags tangled in its branches.
I can report with authority that one of the bags, the one in white plastic declaring, “thank you” — with an original purpose that was probably used in transporting a dinner delivery, entered the ether in September. Together, lets pause and remember our departed tree bag-friend.
On that same September day in early fall, the Fairway grocery bag was continuing to hold its own.
Therefore, it won Survivor: Tree Bagging.
Now, that it is October, it appears that after seven months of hang-time in that tree, nature is finally taking its toll on the surviving bag.
It seems very possible that a drenching rainstorm coupled with the power of wicked wind, and this once hardy plastic bag that has been nestled in those branches since spring will be making its final exit. Seasons change, leaves fall, and bags eventually disintegrate. There you have it, the circle of tree-bag-life Lame Adventures-style. This actually saddens me.
I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for this grocery store bag’s achievement. The average bag likely ends up in a landfill within a week. This bag not only survived its initial purpose, when it was used to carry groceries, but it survived the trash collector and made its escape into a tree, where it has resided since March. It’s tackled seven months of outdoor elements. That’s so remarkable. What tenacity! In bag-years, this bag is probably 90-years-old. If a plastic bag could run for public office, this one would have made a formidable candidate. Considering all that this heroic bag has seen from its perch, it might have been the one plastic grocery bag that could have served on the Supreme Court. Alas, we’ll never know. One can only wonder what this bag might say if it could talk, much less think.