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Expat wanderer

Old Habits

“Why would you want it?” by boss asked, as I rescued a box from the recycle station and asked if she minded if I take it home.

Old habits die hard. This was such a perfect box! It has no markings. It has no dents. It’s a strong box; you could mail books in it, or carefully wrapped things you want to arrive in one piece. You could mail things to Doha or Kuwait or . . . oh wait. I don’t do a lot of mailing any more.

Old habits are hard to break. I’ve been on the watch for good boxes most of my life – through college, through my early married years in Germany, through all the years of mailing Christmas presents, through all the years of scouring for good cardboard boxes in Tunis, Amman, Riyadh, Doha and Kuwait. Even though I rarely mail a box these days, I still have a hard time passing by a really good box. I am learning to resist . .

Still, I have a garage with too many “rescue boxes.”

May 24, 2016 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Moving, Quality of Life Issues | ,


  1. A good box is hard to resist, just like a good notebook or pen or…. well, no need to air more of my weirdness:)

    Comment by athling2001 | May 24, 2016 | Reply

  2. I don’t salvage them anymore but still have an awful time recycling good boxes I’ve gotten in the mail. I do a purge every 6 months or so when they threaten to bury me.

    Comment by momcatwa | May 30, 2016 | Reply

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