Since one of Brian's many chores is to do the grocery shopping, I don't get to the store as often as most people.
"What'd you find this time?" Brian replied, with a here-we-go-again tone.
"Peanut butter and jelly in one jar. You should see it; the jelly forms stripes. It is so cool and so handy!" I marveled.
"I know," Brian ho-hummed.
Going to the grocery store has become a form of entertainment. I love to see what's new since my last visit. The packaging and usability of so many of today's products amaze me. Take for instance squeezable mayonnaise. Glory be! What a wonderful idea.
As you may have guessed, I am not your average consumer. I tend to cook, clean and go about household jobs the hard way.
I'm the type that marketers overlook on their way to the next control group of convenience-hungry buyers. Although, I came about it honestly; my parents left an indelible imprint on me from their growing up in the Great Depression.
I still use white vinegar, baking soda and chorine bleach as staple cleaning supplies. As you probably guessed, my cleaning rags are old white T-shirts that I cut into quarters.
So, you can imagine my intrigue when I discovered disposable cleaning towels with solution already in them, packaged in a resealable container.
Now, they have Tide-to-Go, a pocket-size laundry soap on a stick for when you spill coffee or lunch all the way down the front of yourself. Unbelievable! There's even a product called Bleach Pen to take out stains right then and there. Wow!
The list of newfangled products and packaging is so long and captivating that I become euphoric at the thought …
Honey, jelly, and frosting in squeezable containers. Snack packs. Lunchables. Personalized cakes in disposable pans the size of a salad plate that you microwave. Juice in a box, Special K beverage in a bottle, slice and bake cookie dough in a tube, crock pot meal in a pouch, stir fry and just about any other concoction in a freezer bag …
But I am conflicted. I have not purchased most of these squeezable, resealable, and disposal products. I can't. That would be too easy.
A resident of Southeast South Dakota for more than 30 years, Paula Damon is a popular columnist, keynote speaker, and freelance writer. Her columns have won first-place national and state awards in The National Federation of Press Women competitions. Most recently, Damon's writing took second place statewide in the South Dakota Press Women 2007 Competition. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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