I was walking across campus today, and saw this thing that...astounded me. It had this large pipe that reminded me of a monster from Star Wars. There was dust and leaves floating in the air around it. Then I realized what it was. A vacuum. For leaves. Perhaps this seems like an everyday appliance to you, but this just blew me away. No pun intended. I mean, leaf blowers make sense because I know I've almost slipped on a couple as they blanket the sidewalks, but the large vacuum just cracked me up. Why was this funny to me, you ask? Well, in my mind, leaves are all natural, so I just assumed it would be saving money on fertilizers or other soil additives by leaving them to break down on the dirt where they land. As I was staring at this super-sized vacuum, I wondered what they did with the leaves. Burn them? Mulch them? Recycle them? I laughed as some of the leaves that had just been sucked up floated out from the large container where they were being siphoned to. But I suppose I don't know anything about landscaping and horticulture, so maybe I should keep my mouth shut.
As I continued on my way, I thought that I would add this to a list of strange things that Americans do. Not that Chinese people can say anything. They cut branches off of trees, leaving awkward, lonely looking trunks lining the roads. So I guess I'm just not meant to understand the complex workings of plant cultivation.
Ever take time to just marvel at the miracles around you?