Dec 21 Musings & Threads: Wrapping it Up. By Lynda Bernard
Wrapping It Up. I was once known as the Great Wrapper. Bought beautiful paper, exquisite ribbons, and gold-flecked tissue paper, elegant tags, small bells and ornaments to add to the bows. Friends and family would gasp with delight over the wrappings, And then they’d rip them off because we all know it’s the gift everyone wants. The wrappings would clutter up the floor, then into one of those big, black garbage bags they went. But one year, finally, I realized I was being incredibly stupid. And I was wasting a lot of money. I could see the dollars flying into that big black bag. And that’s when I came up with my new way to wrap. I buy gift bags that come in different sizes. I buy tissue paper because it’s necessary to hide the gift, especially when I’ve bought the wrong size bag. Begone pricey paper, glistening ribbons, gorgeous bows. It’s bare bottom line now. And no one really noticed. They tore into the bags more easily than with the elegant wrappings. And there was the gift, easy peasy. While I, the giver, felt an enormous sense of freedom. For my cleverness. For all the paper I wasn't using. And for the fact that my budget thanked me. And now, I ask one favor. Please don’t tell anyone I buy all this stuff at the Dollar Store.