This epiphany came as I flipped open my suitcase on one of my double beds in the 2nd hotel that I has stayed in that week. As I did that, the coffee K cups that I had liberated from the hotel room that
|The stash I got from the Hilton|
My mother's frugality was legendary. If there was a way to reuse something or stretch it, my mother not only knew how to do it, but she did it better and likely invented doing it. She may have invented the whole idea of recycling or at the very least was green before being green was popular. Where most people would see an empty Millbrook bread bag, my mom saw the inner liner of a leaky winter boot. The paper ones would become our book covers or the resting place for hot, greasy cookies right out of the oven. Empty plastic milk jugs became bird feeders hung in trees by their handles, and coffee cans were used for storage of nuts and bolts in the garage. I could go on and on, but this story really is about her hoarding of portion control condiment packets that you get from restaurants and C-stores, and at that activity, she had no equal.
I'm not sure who to credit with inventing the pc packet for restaurants, but if I had to guess it would be McDonald's, Greek diners for jelly packets, or Chinese restaurants. Whatever the case is,
|Monty quizzing a potential player|
If there is such a thing as a gateway pc, then for me it was definitely the hot mustard packets at Chinese restaurants. As embarrassed as I was at watching my mother sweep a table clean of condiments and emptying the roll basket directly into her pocketbook, that did not stop me from
|I found this picture buried in mom's candy drawer, weird.|
|My 4th grade math book|