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The things we save...Posted Friday, February 1, 2008, at 3:17 PM
The things we save…
A comment on our dear Snowbound Madeline's blog prompted this subject. I believe Maddie may even have touched upon it once before. A blogger whose mother once wrapped plastic bread bags around her children's tennis shoes so that they could play in the snow posted a note. This, of course, brings to mind the question of the day…why do we save the things we do?
A quick inventory of my kitchen drawers only emphasizes the fact that we women have a problem with that. Perhaps men do as well, but I really believe that this problem is primarily a female thing.
Let's see, there are twist ties from bread bags. Have I ever reused a twist tie? Not to my recollection. Did I think I might make my own bread some day and need to package it professionally….hmmmm, not likely.
Jars…all sorts of them. Jelly, mayonnaise, salsa, peanut butter, relish. Why? Don't know. I don't make jelly or jam. I suppose I do this so that I have something to throw out a year later.
Lids…Now, why is it that I save them too, but none of them fit any of the jars I saved? It's a conspiracy.
Screws…seems I always have some left over from assembling one thing or another. I'm sure this speaks volumes about my assembly skills. I'm always afraid to throw the leftovers out. They might come in handy when whatever I assembled becomes somehow disassembled, which actually occurs occasionally, but I just go out and buy new screws to fit. Hence, the collection.
Dishes…when you get down to having two of the eight original plates or cereal bowls, common sense would tell you to throw the two odds out, but even when I have a new set, I just can't seem to part with the old. So they sit on the bottom of the stack and are never used. Why do we do that?
Socks…if one gets a hole in it, wouldn't it make sense to throw out the pair? Do I? Of course not. I am perpetually trying to find a match for a sock whose twin I disposed of years ago.
Books…I don't read books twice (except for In Cold Blood), so why keep books around that I read 20 years ago? Don't know, but just in case someone ever wants to read, "Catch 22," or "Red October," or an Alfred Hitchcock novel, I'm your woman.
Christmas ornaments…now, it's just plain sinful to throw out the old ones. Not gonna happen.
And finally CLOTHES….now, there's a problem area. But how can I pitch those size 10's when I might fit back into them in 2014 or so? I'm a walking billboard for the Boy Scout rule…Be Prepared. Shoes also…I don't care if they're platforms from the late 80's…aren't they coming back? Or have they come and gone?
Those empty plastic bags from Wal-Mart….now just how many of those things can a person save? About 187, if I'm not mistaken.
And if you really wish to find out about a person, check out their refrigerator. I have no less than five unfinished jars of Salsa in there at the moment. Probably wouldn't trust any of them as being consumable, but there they are. Don't know why I don't empty them and add the jars to my collection.
Old perfume. Some that I never did like that I must have received as gifts remain in the vanity or on a shelf. Just can't seem to bring myself to throw out a full bottle of anything. So, why can't I just empty the contents and pitch? Not feasible.
There are others...paper clips, thumb tacks (some used, some not), rubber bands, safety pins, bobby pins (haven't had a need for them for 35 years at least, but just in case), green eye shadow, shoestrings, marbles, old textbooks, eyeglasses...I could likely fill a pickup bed with the "stuff" I've counted as necessary to stash away for a rainy day.
Cash…now that's the only thing I've come across that doesn't age, doesn't go out of style, and still fits. Doesn't take up much space either, possibly because I've never managed to accumulate it like I do empty jars. I don't foresee the size of my palm ever varying so much that cash won't fit in it quite nicely either. Yep, it's a good thing to collect. Think I'll start this weekend.
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