Search
  • Clarke Wallace

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

My son Nathaniel suggested something I never thought possible.

He gave me this blue plastic clamp – 17 cm or 2 ½ inches - with an open slit down the middle.

“What the heck do I do with it?” I asked. “apart from tossing it in the garbage?” He takes it lightly.

“Get your tube of toothpaste,” he replies, with a patience I don’t deserve.

I hustle off wondering how this bit of plastic will improve my smile.

I bring back ARM & HAMMER’s Extreme White’ tooth paste, and hand it over. He hands it back.

“Now, Clarkie,” as he often calls me, “slide it onto the end in the tube.”

I do what I’m told. Low and behold, it pushes up against what paste is left meaning I don’t have to roll up the bottom, which has always been a pain in the butt!

Nathaniel grins at me. “Remember,” he said, “how until now we all had to roll up the bottom of the tube to force what was left in the tube? Never again.”

Author’s comment: I’m so pleased, I give him a big hug. I do that from time to time. He hugs me back just as hard.


5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

WHAT YOU READ IS PERSONAL

I’m an inveterate -- as in longstanding, chronic, confirmed, dyed-in-the-wool, incorrigible -- reader of newspapers. Always have been. It's that tactile feeling of holding them physically in your

KNOW YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

There are two ways to look at a Christmas tree: real or not. The latter kept in a box you’ve stored in the attic – or basement. For how long? Ten years? Most of us buy one or other to celebrate the se

PITCH IT

We have to be ready to pitch whatever. An idea. The suggestion usually comes when you least expect it. I have lots of ideas, none that comes to mind when I need it most. Although something’s been slo