I have some parenting rules that work well for me. One is “Mama never gets mad over an accident.”
Things happen, stuff gets broken. I try to keep my cool, as long as it wasn’t done out of laziness or during the commission of a crime. (Do not touch my secret chocolate stash I keep in an antique beer stein!)
Still, I’ve had to throw away a lot of nice things over the last twenty years. There was the cobalt blue vase my grandparents bought when they were stationed in France. Sure, the vase was the only memento I had from my father’s parents, but display shelves pull out of the wall all the time when children do chin-ups.
Just yesterday, I gave a kid detailed instructions on how to wash delicates. Of course the scarlet, alpaca-yarn cowl my best buddy knit for me wound up felted harder than a beauty queen’s hair. Now it’s a tube dress for Barbie or a new hat for Lady Gaga. Or something.
I’ll have to throw this <sob> into the garbage can. After that, what happens is a bit of a mystery to me. My husband takes out the trash.
I had that written into my wedding vows fifteen years ago. “In sickness and in health, blah blah, Anne never touches garbage or anything that is forcefully ejected from digestive tract of an animal, blahbity blah. Amen.”
This system works
for me great!
We (my husband) have been testing out the Glad Black Bags with Force Flex. You can really pack it full of things your kids break, stuff your dog ruins, and those precious objects your cats destroy. We (he) especially likes that it stretches without puncturing. No garbage juice leaks! Garbage juice is the worst of all the juices.
Also, the material of the bag is dark enough to hide anything embarrassing we (I) might have disposed of. Boxes of hair color, empty jars of facial hair bleach, the occasional dead chipmunk—nothing shows through when the raccoons drag the bags out of the can in the front yard.
I have to throw stuff away. It prevents the camera crew from Hoarders from showing up at my door. But, some people can turn broken things into true art.
Glad is hosting the Recycled Art Auction April 16th to April 26th. Check it out for some cool pieces made from “trash” donated by famous actors like Jesse Eisenberg. You can bid on any of the four works of art. I like the duck so much, I pinned it on Pinterest.
Each creation is inspired by the characters in Glad’s new “The Wild Life” ads. Very funny and available for viewing on Glad’s Facebook page.
You could win $25,000 and other prizes and coupons by making your own trailers for The Wild Life. Follow what the characters are up to next on Twitter @GladWildLife.
The Glad Black Bag Art Auction is a partnership between Glad and the mosaic artist, Jason Mecier, the Picker Sisters, and Keep America Beautiful. Proceeds from the sale benefits the Great America Cleanup. Keep America Beautiful has partnered with Glad for 27 years “to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments”.
I’d be happy to start the improvements with my own home environment. I know that life gets wild and stuff needs to be cleaned up. Glad helps make the clean ups at our house a little bit better.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Glad Black Bag and received a Glad Black Bag product and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. I was also asked to "pin" one (1) Glad Black Bag Art Auction photo on Pinterest. I pinned the duck! Because it’s fun to say, “I pinned the duck!”
You can cut out coasters from that felted bit of alpaca.
That’s a great idea. It is so special to me, I can’t bear to get rid of it. If I was artistic at all, I would have made a mosaic with my grandparents’ vase.
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
I’m with you on loving the non-see through quality of these bags and I have a kitchen flip lid trash can which always holds on to the garbage bags for dear life. When I pull them out to dump them in the trash bin outside, it pierces those bags and stretches them to their breaking point. Thank heavens for Force Flex.
Susan in the Boonies says
Congratulations on turning lemons into lemonade…considering…there really IS no bright side to losing such a treasure.
Not even coasters.
OK, really, this post made me LOL. It was the perfect thing to read after a long day. 🙂 “I pinned the duck!” 🙂