One wholly unintended , yet not unwelcome, consequence of our Simple Year project has been that people are keen to give us things. That is how I obtained chicken wire, pony tail holders, various school supplies and a leak free travel mug. All of these items (with the exception of the hairbands) were given to us second hand and were things we actually needed.
Recently, I was sent a new plunger by a friend after my post about overflowing toilets. She did buy it new. But, just for grins I checked Ebay and there were ACTUALLY three used plungers listed. If that does not prove my point that you can buy ANYTHING used, I don’t know what does. My new plunger is like NASA toilet technology and described as Patented Heavy Duty All-Angle Super-Power Plunger, it even has an online video. I hope I don’t need to watch it to be able to use it, because I don’t want to watch a plunger video.
I was also saved by a friend when the repair to my beloved teapot did not hold. Super Glue you LIED. A couple of days post restoration, I picked up the pot, started to pour my tea while just holding the handle. The pot after becoming dislodged had flipped on its side and was expelling tea all over the counter and subsequently my shoes.
I expressed my unhappiness with the situation at my office. Clearly at least one of my coworkers decided it was in everyone’s best interest to make sure I had my daily caffeine intake.
Because he brought me in an extra teapot he had.
This year has given me a new appreciation for gifts when they are truly needed. I LOVE my new teapot and DELIGHT over that new plunger. And believe me, as someone who once got irritated at my husband for surprising me with a new carpet cleaner for Christmas, that is a major shift in thinking. And although my kids still don’t do a happy dance when given things like socks and underwear at least they don’t complain–as loudly.