Heh … So my sister (I won’t say which one, ’cause honestly this could have happened to any one of us) … was doing a great deal of fall cleaning recently.
She got everything cleaned out – or so she thought — when she came across a HUGE bag of empty butter, sour cream, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and other various re-purposed tubs. They had been nicely cleaned and all, but she really had too many already.
I totally get it, I mean these are very nice, reusable storage containers in our neck of the woods.
Well, she decided to throw them out. She has a son in his twenties who was helping her at the time and she hands him the bag and tells him to throw them out.
He looked confused. “Throw them out? These are still good.”
She shrugged. “We have too many already, just go throw them out.”
“Well, Mom,” he reasoned, “that sure seems like a waste. Maybe we should donate them to Goodwill or something.”
My sister stood there … stunned. She was stunned first by his sweet generous thought, but the greater concern was something she immediately put into a mass text message to the family.
What she wrote went something like this (I couldn’t find the actual text to quote directly): “I can’t believe it. It’s so sad. We’ve been poor so long, he honestly didn’t know this isn’t real Tupperware and most people throw out their empty butter tubs!”
I understand this … and I know where we get it from. A few months ago, I went to visit my mom and dad. Mom said, “Hey, we have some leftovers in the refrigerator, go get it out and fix yourself a plate.”
It took me several tries to find all the leftovers as I had to open all the butter and Cool Whip tubs to figure out what were leftovers and what was really butter and/or Cool Whip!
What is funnier is that I recently took some leftovers home from my parents’ house. After we enjoyed the food, my husband and I carefully washed up those butter tubs and returned them to Mom and Dad. Goodness knows that we wouldn’t want to lose their precious storage containers!
I guess that just goes to show you, that even us poor folks have a measure of generosity, too.
Hugs are on the house and enjoy your weekend!