Trip to the Dump--a story for children

The bulldozer pushing the car into the hole.
The bulldozer pushing the car into the hole.

Authors note:

This is another story I wrote years ago mostly for my own children. My son who was about nine at the time drew some pictures to go with it.

Starting out

“It’s spring and time to take the trash to the dump,” the farmer said.

The family lived on a hobby farm, with a couple of horses, some chickens, sheep and a cow. Of course, they also had some dogs to help around the farm.

Every year they loaded up all the trash and junk around the farm and hauled it to the dump. The whole family went through the house and yard and other buildings. They put everything they could use on the farm into a storage shed. Whatever could not be used was loaded onto a wagon behind the tractor.

            Then the farmer drove the tractor to the dump, which was on the other side of the creek toward the town of Webster.

            Mark and Elise always looked forward to the trip to the dump. This was when they got rid of all the trash that gathered up during the winter and made everything nice and clean before starting to plant their gardens.

            Besides getting rid of things they no longer want, they always found some interesting things to bring home. The farmer usually found some boards that he could use for fixing the buildings. Sometimes he would find a lamp or something that he could fix for the house.

            The children usually found some interesting toys that their parents could fix for them.

            Shane was just a puppy last year, so when they called him to go with them, he didn’t know where they were going.

            “They can’t be going to town’” he said to himself. They wouldn’t drive the tractor to town.”

            As they drove down the road and toward the creek, he thought that maybe they were going fishing, but he didn’t see any fishing poles. When they crossed the bridge, he knew they were going someplace different.

            When they got to the dump everybody started to throw everything off the wagon. Shane shook his head. He would never understand people. They were always moving things from one place to another. First they put stuff on the wagon and then they take everything off the wagon again.

            “Next, I suppose they will pile a bunch of other stuff on the wagon and take it off again when they get home.”


            He watched as the farmer put a shovel with a broken handle on the wagon and Mark started pushing a bicycle with a bent wheel toward the wagon.

            Shane decided this place was too interesting for him to waste his time on these strange activities of people.

Bulldozer pulling car out,
Bulldozer pulling car out,

Shane in trouble

He chased a rabbit to the other sided of the dump but lost him when the rabbit dived under a pile of junk. As Shane looked around for some other things to do, he saw a car in the middle of the dump. He didn’t know much about cars so he didn’t know that there wasn’t any motor in it. What he did know about cars was that if he sat in the back seat and looked very eager somebody would take him for a ride. So he jumped up on the back seat, which was easy because there weren’t any doors. He sat and waited to see what kind of ride he might go on.

He didn’t know that a car without a motor can’t go anywhere, so he wasn’t surprised when the car started to inch forward’

            Mark and Elise took time out from searching for things to bring back home to watch the dump manager work with a bulldozer. This is a big machine like a tractor that he uses to push piles of junk and trash into big holes in the round. This gets rid of the junk and fills up the holes making a smooth surface. After this will be covered with dirt and maybe something will be built there.

            “Look at the car Mark.” Elise said.

            She pointed at an old car body that was toppling into the gully along with other chunks of various trash.

            Mark looked. “Wow!” he said. “Look at it roll. “Then he ran to get a closer look. “Elise,” he said, doesn’t that look like something inside the car?”

            “I think its Shane,” she answered.

            When the car lurched, Shane fell to the floor between the front and back seats. This was lucky. It confused him so that he did not try to jump from the car. If he had jumped, he surly would have been hurt by a falling rock or piece of metal.

            By the time he recovered from his surprise the car had rolled over and Shane could not get out.

            Mark ran as fast as he could to tell the dump manager that his dog was under a pile of trash in the hole that he was filling up.

            Elise ran to tell her father.

Rescue

The manager and the farmer got some chains that they could hook to the bumper of the car and to the tractor and the bulldozer.

            The farmer went down by the car and told

Shane to lie very still. Then with the tractor and the bulldozer they pulled the old car free.

            Shane jumped out of the car. He ran over to Mark and Elise and licked them on the face. He was so happy to be free.

            “Are you glad to be out of there?” Elise asked.

            Shane shook his head. “When will this girl know that I can’t talk to people?”

            He jumped on the wagon and said to himself, “I hope this goes for a better ride than that car did.”

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

dahoglund,

This is a beautiful and wonderful story. I think you missed your calling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Tom

Thanks for being the first to comment. i appreciate the praise. I read one of these stories in a writing class and got very negative reactions. Seems that I broke some rules of children s writing. They said you can't have animals talking and people in the same story.Anyhow, I never got the ins an outs of children's publishing.


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Robwrite 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I bet your kids loved this story.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for commenting. I think they did partly because it was written with our own dogs as models.The settings were also familiar.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

dahoglund,

You should have asked whoever said negative things if they had ever seen or heard of "Puff The Magic Dragon".

Don't listen to fools!!!!!!!!!!


Vern Borth 6 years ago

Good story, Don. Enjoyed it. Reminded me of a boyhood trip to a dump with a friend when I retrieved a canasta tray.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Tom

It was a long time ago.However, the teacher was supposed to an author an an authority on children's stories.Anyhow, that is only a curiosity. I've always been a bit baffled by the practical side of writing.Thanks for the further comment.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Vern,

Thanks for commenting. In this case I happened one time to help some farm friends who seemed to just throw everything in the back of the house during the winter.. In the spring they shoveled it into a trailer and brought it to the dump.

My dad also made trips to the city dump to get rid of junk but would always come back with something useful like a broom. Also when I lived in Forest City the only way to get rid of garbage was to take it to the dump. I think 90% of the fire call we followed up on were at the dump.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great story. I just love Shane. The farmer and his family are also recyclers which is great.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for the positive comment. I believe in recycling without getting fanatical about it.But I grew up in a day when it was second nature because there wasn't that much stuff around.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Liked your story. I remember once when my brothers and I were still children my parents drove to some dump in Wisconsin towards dusk. The cars lined up in a circle around the perimeter of the dump and everyone spoke in hushed tones. Every evening bears would raid the dump and this became an attraction. Your hub brought back this memory for which I thank you!


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Peggy W

Thanks for the comment. With modern landfills the dump is probably a relic of the past. I thought it great fun when I was a kid.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

dahoglund great story - the jump does sound like a fascinating setting for kids - so many options. What is this about animals not talking - what about Mr.ED, Lambchops etc - they missed out - glad you shared it with us.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thank for commenting.I never did know where they got that "rule" from.Even if there was such a rule it may have changed by now.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I enjoyed reading your story. Good article!


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks for reading it.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Great story, and one I'm sure you're kids love. Besides the fact that you, of course, yourself wrote it, which adds an extra element. Great stuff.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

Thanks very much for the complimentary comments.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

The story brings back memories. I grew up on a farm and there was a dump in the woods my brothers and I would explore. Sometimes finding pretty neat stuff. I enjoyed this hub.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I never did live on a farm but my father brought stuff to the city dump before there was city trash pickup.Thanks for the comment and I am glad you liked it.


Becky 5 years ago

If you can't have talking animals and children in the same story, how do you explain Winnie-the-pooh with Christopher Robin? Your instructor did not know what they were talking about. I am enjoying your children's stories and western's. Well written with good character's.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids Author

I was a bit baffled. It was a long time ago anyhow.I am glad you enjoy my stories and appreciate the comments.

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