Saturday, March 3, 2012
The Plastic Bag in Context
As we were cooking and arranging and cleaning and so forth, I noticed that he was organizing plastic bags--smoothing them, grouping them, arraying them on one of the long tables in clusters (bags within bags). My husband and I had brought some of our items in a plastic bag, and when we came into the kitchen and unpacked, I had stuffed the bag in my back pocket. When I saw that he seemed to want/need bags, I asked if he wanted mine.
"I think I have enough now," he said. "But over there, in the lower cupboard, is where they store the bags, so you can put yours there if you don't need it and it's in good shape."
"I'll do that," I said, and I pulled it out to look at it, but I saw that it had a small tear in it--maybe a half-inch long. "I guess this isn't so good after all," I said, showing him the tear.
He laughed. "That's a lot better than a lot of the ones I've seen."
So I put it in the cupboard. I guess if a plastic bag is your suitcase, and you really need a suitcase, a small tear doesn't amount to much.