It all started with a piece of salmon. There it was carefully placed in a carton. What do you plan to do with this salmon mother? It was going to be lunch. How long ago was lunch planned? Couple of days ago. That means it will never see the lunch table. Such a waste. I know how you hate waste.
And thus began the waste not want not stories. T-shirts no longer fit to appear in public, cut into pieces for so-soft dust rags. Aluminum foil rinsed and carefully folded for future use. Rubber bands rolled into a ball for - well you never know. Coffee cans to hold nails that will never again see the light of day. The list is long for waste nothing people.
What then in this world of abundance is worth saving? Certainly, things someone else can actually use. Maybe one or two things we think we’ll need (but rarely do). Definitely rainy-day cash. Journals for your memories. Books with special inscriptions. Photo albums (real not digital). And saving time for dreaming.
Does this mean my friends and I are ready to give up our quirky waste not habits? Heaven forbid. We never know when we might need an old piece of aluminum foil.
Remember the question: If your home was on fire, what would you try to save? The answers through time have been – my dog, my cat, my pictures – never once did I hear ‘that piece of salmon I have in the refrigerator.’
Tempus Fugit. Make memories.
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