Today, I travelled many miles to help my niece move into her new off-campus pad with four friends. (That’s not my good deed, however.)
So many things have changed about student life since I was in university (like, where were the books, for example?), that I was gobsmacked to see her cart out a staple of my own college days — a milk crate. (My personal favourite was the red Sealtest model, sturdy with a dash of drama.)
The sight of her three, count ’em, three milk crates swept me up in such a wave of nostalgia that I volunteered to donate dishes, pots, linens and more to the girls’ home-away-from-home. (Again, not my good deed. Soon, though!)
These donated items were just a drop in the bucket of a student’s needs, as it turned out, so off we went to — where else? — Wal-Mart for a few, ahem, sundries.
I’d always wondered what “sundries” were … now I know. They are picture hooks. They are light bulbs. They are those gazillion odds and sods that can fill up your shopping cart even though you don’t feel you’ve really purchased anything worthwhile.
Okay, this is where the good deed part comes in. First, I parked at the far end of the lot to help ease traffic near the entrance. Then, once all of these sundries were packed in my trunk, I saw a sign over the shopping cart collection spot that read something like, “Please return your cart to this area to help us keep our costs low for our customers.”
So, being Labour Day weekend and all, how could I not wheel the cart over to the designated spot? Have a wonderful sundry-free long weekend everyone!
P.S. This band, The Shures, has never met. One member lives in the U.K., another in the U.S. and the third in Australia. Amazing. Enjoy!