30 December 2006
The End of an Era
What is pictured above is the last gasp of a roll of wrapping paper.
This might not seem like a big deal until you realize I’ve been using this paper for 4 or 5 years now, and you’re only seeing a fraction of the gifts that I’ve wrapped with it. I got it while dumpster diving at our local “Reuse Center”. That’s a place where one can donate building supplies, household goods that are still usable, and so on. For example, you replace your kitchen sink with a new one, but the old one still has years of serviceable live, you take it to the Reuse Center (they have lots of sinks!). Or you install a new tile floor and have half a box left over, you can take it to the Reuse Center (someone might buy it to make a mosaic!)
Some years ago, I was there dropping off some items (medicine cabinet / mirror, a light fixture, stuff like that). As I was leaving, I saw a perfectly good roll of Christmas wrapping paper in the dumpster. After getting a “whatever!” nod of approval from a member of the staff, I retrieved it. We have some reusable cloth bags, so I don’t use it for every gift, but I have been using it extensively over these years (mainly for gifts we ship to relatives). I was starting to think of it as my “Hanukkah Lights Christmas paper” – if that splicing of holidays is not too sacrilegious! – because it just never seemed to end. The cornucopia, horn of plenty, never-ending roll of paper.
Well, this year, it finally came to an end. Here’s the last pile of presents, with the sad looking empty tube. Our niephlings aren’t going to recognize our gifts next year!