Trees on either side of a road. In the far distance are people and buildings.
Trees on either side of a road. In the far distance are people and buildings.

Tin Cans

The tin cans still have the sticky label glue down the sides. Whoever had cleaned them off had probably used dish soap and hot water, because the labels are all scrubbed off well enough that I can’t tell if they are soup cans or bean cans or sliced carrot cans, but I know that they all had labels at one point because of the glue residue. When I clean off cans to recycle as pencil holders or planters, I use rubbing alcohol and vinegar so that the glue washes off too, but whoever cleaned these cans must not have known about that trick.

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