I love office supplies! When we were kids, Leslie and I used to play office and we both have had an affinity for office goodies for a long time.
I haven’t thought about playing office until this past weekend. After the Super Bowl, we watched (along with 27 million other views) This Is Us. One line from the show just caught my attention…and it wasn’t about the 20-year old faulty crock pot or Mandy Moore’s candy bar. It seems that Randall and Beth’s daughter, Tess, has been forgetting to put the landline phone back on the hook when the girls play office. (Spoiler alert, if you want to know the reason why: “Because only social workers call that number.” It’s not that she doesn’t like fostering; she just feels like her dad wants a new life with another family.)
Of course, when we played office in the 60s, the landline phone was shackled to the desk or the wall and couldn’t follow us around while we played boss and secretary. I can’t recall what kind of notepads we used, but I’m sure Mom bought a dozen for a dime at Woolworth’s. And I think back now to the way my grandfather used to sharpen pencils–with a sharp knife! They weren’t pretty but they were always sharpened!
Today, I needed to refill my clip jar. Large and small regular clips for me. And they have to be the smooth kind. The other ridged kind are, to me, like fingernails on a chalkboard. Our firm doesn’t buy name-brand clips. They’re a generic brand, but the box has a slogan on the side that made me smile.
Need to keep it together? Clip it.
I would have added an exclamation mark after Clip It! but I think it’s a rather clever motto. Maybe we should always be searching for a metaphorical clip for us to use when things are getting out of hand. Focus on something positive when you’re feeling down. Run your fingers along a paper clip (only the smooth kind!) or unbend it and wonder who the hell came up with that design?