I was driving to work the other day and saw something strange on the side of the road. A large television was just sitting there on the shoulder of the highway like someone had set it down and would be back in a minute.
It just made me wonder why.
There are a lot of things that make me wonder why, but I have learned over the years that not everyone has my capacity for curiosity, including my husband.
“Why do you think that happened?” I’ll ask him about something.
He usually just shrugs and mutters, “I don’t know. Why do you care?”
I just get curious.
I can’t help but wonder what the series of events were that led to a TV being placed upright on the shoulder on a U.S. highway. It’s not like someone tossed it out a moving vehicle to dump it. It never would have landed that perfect, and it probably would have broken. So someone had to stop their vehicle, physically wrestle the big TV out, place it carefully right-side up and leave it there, perfectly squared to the road.
I know Worthington is having junk days and there are piles of stuff everywhere. I also know people aren’t allowed to put TVs or computer monitors on the curb. So did someone get warned for having a TV on their pile, throw it in a car and drive it 20 miles up a highway to dump it?
Why? If you’re going to illegally dump something, why not just use a rural road two miles out of town? Why not just put it on someone else’s curb in the middle of the night? Why not just get the darned thing repaired and use it?
I’ve been passing by that TV for a few days now, and each time I get the urge to stop and look for clues. Footprints, a little sign that says, “Take me home,” tire tracks or a remote. I almost want to toss it in my vehicle and bring it somewhere to plug it in to see if it works.
Except it looks really heavy.
Because I know how I am, I am aware that one of these days I will go past that spot and the TV will be gone. I know exactly what will happen.
I wonder where it went? Did someone pick it up? Does the county pick up stuff like that?
Or did the TV just find its way home?
I wonder why?