You never appreciate what you have till it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example.
When you were a kid, did you ever think about or appreciate how your essential needs were always met? Your parents or caretakers made sure you had food to eat, clothes to wear, transportation to school and, most importantly, basic needs like toilet paper and deodorant.
My mom was a stay-at-home mom until we started high school. Dad worked retail and his usual days off were Thursday and Friday, and that was when the grocery shopping was done. Of course, we were in school, so we never got to enjoy the “magic” of mom and dad unloading the groceries and filling up our tiny refrigerator and few cabinets. I recall always having what we needed except, thinking back, we didn’t have a receptacle to hold additional toilet paper in the bathroom. So when you were done with the roll currently on the holder, you had to scream to any family member, “I need toilet paper!” and they would come running, open the door carefully so as not to see anything, and throw the roll in your general direction.
As adults, of course, we’re responsible for our own essentials. I enjoy grocery shopping and using coupons, so Leslie has assigned me permanent shopper. Our toilet paper of choice is Kirkland Brand from Costco and we were down to our last six-pack. We were in a panic last week when I had to twice postpone my Costco run. What to do?
An emergency trip to CVS for toilet paper was in order and we have been suffering for days. Small rolls, too many ripples, too expensive yet too cheap (if you know what I mean). We made due for a few days (or shall I say “made doo”?) and now we are finally stocked up with essentials: vitamins, glucosamine, pretzels, bottled water and, oh yea, toilet paper. I’d say we’re good for another few weeks. Unless bad sushi is involved.