So this morning I’m off to the post office to mail off my singles to the radio stations and it was raining out side so some of the envelopes got wet. I approach the counter to proceed with my transaction and little Asian clerk notices the rain dropped covered envelopes. She began to lecture to me about placing clear tape to cover the labels to secure them when it rains so that they stay on. Of course, I smiled and in my mind I began to make justifications as to why I didn’t tape the labels down myself. Okay, so here’s my thought on this, please just walk with me on this, thinking about your earlier years of life, your siblings as you were growing up and maybe your own children.
I’m standing at the counter thinking about the gazillion of times that I’ve looked for tape, my tape dispenser, scotch roll of tape, duck tape, printed duck tape, color tape, clear box tape, sticky two sided tape or just any tape. I can’t seem to ever find tape when I need it because….. it’s on my daughter’s wall as trimmings, they’ve taped their pens, pencils, posters, awards, pictures, desk, binders, backpacks, books, glasses, purses, string lights, student I.Ds and God knows what else. Check this out, my daughter even taped her shoe boxes to the wall!!! What in the world???????? To this day figure I can’t figure out why do children need and use so much tape. What is the deal with tape and why is it so fascinating to see how much and where they can use tape. Now, I’m very happy to report that I’ve never had a situation in which they’ve taped each other, but I’m pretty sure there are tons of stories out there. The thing now is that tape is so colorful and animated so it’s fun for kids and cringing to parents because of all of the crazy things I’ve seen taped up, repaired or some what, decorated and personalized with all kinds of tape.
All of this was crossing my mind while the clerk was lecturing. So you know as being a mom with many wonderful stories my response to the clerk was ” I can never find any tape, my tape dispenser is always missing and I just didn’t have any kind of tape. Once I finished my short justification, I simply thanked her because I had another issue, I needed $2.74 worth of stamps on 25 envelopes that already had $2.36 worth of stamps on them. So she had the fun time of figuring that one out!!