...because we all have our motley moments!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

I received an amazing gift this week! Our dryer has been doing strange things to our clothes, and when a large brown slash mark appeared on the leg of my brand new khaki pedal pushers, I was fit to be tied. We had been talking about replacing our old dryer for a while, but with this latest casualty it was definitely the right time. After some careful research we chose the model we wanted and scheduled the delivery.

I watched the deliverymen unload our new dryer from the back of their van, and as they lowered it to the ground I saw one of the most marvelous things I could have ever imagined. Struck breathless, I ran to the stairs as they began hauling the heavy appliance to our door, and I asked, with a little too much excitement on my face and in my voice, “Can I keep the box????”

If you have tried to find appliance boxes lately, you understand my enthusiasm. When I called local stores that sell large things, I was generally greeted with the same answers: “We shred the boxes as soon as they come in,” and “Companies don’t use boxes to pack large appliances much anymore—they shrink wrap them.” My favorite, of course, is the proverbial, “Call back and talk to [the appliance guy] on [insert day of week here]—maybe he can help you.” Of course, [the appliance guy] was never there, or if he was, he had no idea what I was talking about. I soon gave up my crusade to find the Holy Grail of pre-schooldom, the multi-purpose appliance box.

If I had known that I was going to get the box with my dryer, I probably would have sprung for the dryer a lot sooner, like at the beginning of summer when I really needed the box for my toddler French class. That would have saved my new pants from their disfigurement, too. But, as they say, hindsight is 20/20, and I have the box now, so I plan to cherish it and use it for all it’s worth—we’ll start by spray-painting it red so that we can pretend it’s a barn. Then what? Maybe it will be a school bus or a post office—it could even be a cave. Then, when the time comes that our dear box cannot hold another coat of paint and it is too feeble to stand, we will use it to cover the ground so that we may spray paint the next box, if we are so blessed as to need a new washing machine.


Teresa said...

Love this! Isn't it amazing how simple things get our kids excited...and us as well!

Ginger said...

We got a huge desk in a box back in January. Much like you, I was so excited over the box. I remember coloring box "houses" as a kid, so I immediately began to cut out windows and doors and I gave my kids the sidewalk chalk to design with. I learned sidewalk chalk is not the cleanliest thing to color with, but they had so much fun!

Rachel said...

I hadn't thought of using sidewalk chalk--it might be messy, but so is paint. What a great idea! Thank you for mentioning it!

Cindy said...

Wow, after 12 years of service we had to replace both our dishwasher and stove this past year and it never dawned on me to ask for or save the boxes. Thanks for the great idea. Would it be sacrilegious to pray for another appliance to break?