Friday, May 27, 2011

Daze of the week

Daze of the Week!

"Some of you may have noticed that in each Genealogy Blogging Beat we now feature national holidays and some of the more offbeat holidays. Here are some dates next week to look out for so you can plan your blog posts for next week:
  • May 27Cellophane Tape Day"

Nell Borgreen
This made me laugh and served as a prompt for today's post. Grandma Nell (Ellen Johnstone Borgreen) was the queen of scotch tape. In the living room of her little yellow house, there sat a large buffet. No one was ever allowed to touch it. EVER. In fact, after Grandma died, my mom got the buffet and I'm not too sure she's ever screwed up the nerve to open a drawer and look inside.
But I digress. In the middle drawer of the buffet was a large collection of scotch tape dispensers. Grandma would buy a roll of tape, use a little bit and immediately lose the end. She'd buy another roll and the process would repeat itself. Each roll would be deposited in the middle drawer of the buffet. Whenever I'd come to visit, Grandma would take the rolls out of the drawer and I'd spend our time together chatting and picking at the ends of all those dispensers. Oddly, I enjoyed this activity and the time with Grandma. 

Another scotch tape story goes like this, when we were little, my sister and brother and I would often get a card in the mail from Grandma. The envelope would be very heavy and the front covered in stamps. Inside we would find quarters taped to the card. There was usually several dollars worth of quarters and we were always thrilled at the gift. Because of the heft and bulk of the card, the flap of the envelope had to be taped down. Grandma was very generous with the tape and we'd joke that we should really buy stock in the Scotch tape company. Of course, gift wrapped boxes received the same treatment. Grandma must have used miles of tape in her life. 

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