Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Place for Treasures



"Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic."
-Norman Cousins

Mater bought a safe the other day. A sturdy, waterproof vessel it is, with a number of tiny keys and its very own private registration number so that, in case she ever lost the ability to open the box, the manufacturing company would assist her.
The trouble, Mater tells me, is that the box is enormous, far larger than she had originally intended to bring home. It is so vast that instead of being a mere cash box it could well be used to house Mater's family heirlooms and jewels, had she any to speak of. It is comforting to know, though, that there is a ready place in her home for any treasures that cross her path.
"It looks really empty, and I'm looking for monetary donations to fill it," she quipped, and, despite its clumsy size, managed to rattle the hollow box over the telephone for my listening pleasure and my sympathy.
It is wise to begin with an empty receptacle and the faint hope that it might later be filled to capacity.

2 comments:

The Texican said...

Maybe we could start a nationwide (or worldwide) campaign to help Mater fill her safe. My wife went to Italy a couple of years back with her brother and a few others. While there she bought me a nice Italian leather wallet. My old one wore out the other day and I got the new one out and transferred all my plastic to its little slots. I commented on how nice it looked and said, "just think it only cost $5,015.00". I know how it feels to have something to put money in and no money. Pappy

TheElementary said...

Texican, you reminded me that Spouse made a wallet a few weeks ago. His own was leather, and too bulky, so he made one from duct tape. It works so much better, it's thinner, and every time he sees it he's happy.
Something as expensive as an Italian leather wallet- how you'd go about using it, I don't know. I'd be too worried about wearing it out.
I like the idea of a campaign for Mater- I'll buy a safe too if I can get on that bandwagon! :)

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