641: Bin Buddies: a mindful story and relaxation

Tamara Trash Can feels a little uncomfortable when Rhonda Recycling Bin arrives at the Ahway Island Animal Sanctuary’s Visitors Center. Will the two become friends?

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 4:01

Bin Buddies Excerpt:

It was a sunny day on Ahway Island. The sun sparkled brilliantly on every part of the island, from the big snowy mountains in the north to the calm sandy beaches along the coast. Even the Ahway Island Sanctuary was bathed in sunlight. The animals were out and about, joyously playing or relaxing in the warm sun. Since it was so nice out, the Visitor Center in the Sanctuary was filled to the brim with excited guests. Tamara Trashcan was happy to see it all from her nice little corner in the Visitor Center.


Tamara Trashcan sat right next to the guest check-in station. From there, Tamara was able to see and help all the friendly guests. She even helped the little kids when they needed to throw away their candy wrappers or chewing gum. She took all the trash in through the little opening on the top of her big gray lid.


Tamara loved helping guests who needed to get rid of their trash in a responsible way, instead of littering. It was important to Tamara that she collect all the trash so that it wouldn’t cause the Sanctuary paths to get all messy! Some days, Tamara wouldn’t have to carry a lot of trash but on other days, especially busy days, she felt like she was carrying a little too much. But Tamara loved to help anyway, even if she did get a little full sometimes.

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