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Duck Tape to the Rescue

My late husband, Carl Edwards, was frugal with his money and his belongings. He tried to make them last as long as he could. Probably because he was so poor when he was little. If he couldn’t get it to last, he didn’t have it. He told me at lunch time at school, he would eat slowly to savor every bite.

After he died, I was going through his things and found an old wallet. The one he used before he bought a new one last year. I opened all compartments to make sure there wasn’t anything in it. What to my wondering eyes should appear, but Duck tape duly stuck to the change pocket on his wallet. I laughed and laughed. Duck tape to the rescue!

Seeing that reminded me that the last couple of years he did something that made me cringe. He used Duck tape on his boo-boos to make it stick better and last longer.

One time he asked me to put Duck tape on a scrape he couldn’t reach.

I said, “Carl, doesn’t it hurt when you pull it off. Like pull your skin and yank your hairs off.”

He said, “No. I’m tired of the bandages coming off. They don’t stick.”

So, I cringed and put Duck tape on his boo-boo.

Duck tape to the rescue!

Remembering this made me smile. It reminded me of  his overall good attitude about trying to make everything last a little longer and I laughed.

So my wish for you is that you always have duck tape to keep things you treasure lasting a little longer and that if you choose, although it may make me cringe, that you have the bandage you like for your boo-boos, even if it’s Duck tape.

I’d love to hear your stories about making things last and about uses of Duck tape. 

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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