Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dear Kids,

While mom and I appreciate your efforts to save money, judging from your homework table I think things have gone a little too far:


Quarter added for scale

 We can, I assure you, afford to buy new pencils.

15 comments:

The Patient Doc said...

Waste not, want not.

Anonymous said...

it's not about money, they just want to save a tree.

Chivas Owle said...

But sharping a pencil to the end is a great way to avoid doing homework.

Packer said...

What happened to my all time favorite pencil, has anyone seen it ? I left it right here.

Shellye said...

*LOL* Who has tiny enough hands to even use a pencil of that size?

Anonymous said...

"...and that's the story of how graphene was discovered."

Avicile Mohaili said...

lol how did that not get stuck in the sharpener??

Anonymous said...

I don't know Dr. G., you have all those medical school loans to pay off..... They're doing their part. Well until all of the electronic devices enter the picture.

Anonymous said...

Periodically, all tiny pencils in my house are gathered up and redistributed ... to the local library ... pre-sharpened.
Fish tank to a local elementary school.

Firm believer in creative re-use of found objects, as well. Old birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa greeting cards are trimmed for bookmarks and returned inside book jackets to library. All those little address label/free decals got to a preschool for sticker projects. Say, with tons of clean pantyhose saved for 20 years, anyone know how to braid a rag rug from stockings?

And, yes, my husband despairs of our messybessy home. He's the one when we first married that had to shut each cupboard door, and I compulsively went around after him to open the doors just a crack.

On the other hand, I date all multi-use food containers in the refrigerator (when they've been opened), and routinely organize the spice cabinet alphabetically -not. (Though I make a point of assessing the hall closet at the beginning of each season for matching gloves, hats, and at least a right and left of appropriate footwear.)

I do have a gripe with grocery stores that place their Campbell's soup on shelves without rhyme or reason. It always takes too long to find the low-salt split pea.

Seriously, though, the issue of small pencils arose whenever my husband's uncle sent our (small) sons pencils for school in a nifty pencil box. Inevitably, the special expensive metal sharpener with the sharp blade was used extensively to sharpen every pencil in the house, as often as possible, at any occasion until the novelty wore off. I was glad when they were old enough to be able to use mechanical pencils (without danger of impalement), and not have to deal with wood shavings and stubby pencils.

Anonymous said...

Heh. You probably know this, but that's not an attempt to save money. Short pencils are kind of a thing in grade school. We used to sharpen already sharpened pencils to get them smaller faster XD (this is the opposite of saving money).

That one there is the holy grail.

Anonymous said...

True fact: the Battle of Trenton was won largely because of George Washington's ability to fire missiles from his eyes.

Butterfly said...

In my house (we home schooled) it was a competition between us all (5 brothers and I), to see who could continue to use their pencil the longest. Short pencils (and legible writing) were a badge of honour!

Dr.M said...

I'm definitely impressed.

cliffintokyo said...

Its the challenge of trying to use up the lead all the way down to the last scrawl...I do it too!
(O__O)v

Piper Christian said...

My sons do the same thing. I can not fathom why...

 
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