The Short Straw Fix
I am smiling at least three times a day, complimenting others and hunting for opportunities to do a random act of kindness. All the same, I find myself still leaning on the horn when cutoff driving, grumbling if Mr. Wonderful corrects me, and ranting about short tubing in spray bottles.
You know how it goes, starts slowly with minor annoyance, a near empty spray bottle that sprays air instead of cleaner. I shake the bottle, hear the swishing sound of liquid, and then pump the spray to no avail.
Mr. Wonderful says, “It’s not empty, try tilting the bottle,”and takes the spray bottle from my hand.
Taking it back, unscrewing the sprayer, and putting my eye to the hole, I say, “I see liquid in the bottom.”
Now this is when the ranting starts. “Why do they do this? You don’t need to be a rocket scientists to know the tubing is too short. How much would it cost to make it a quarter inch longer? Everything is all about corporate profits, forget about customer stress and convenience. A person could have a heart attack trying to get it to spray and thinking about toxins.”
“Claudia, you paid a dollar for it at the dollar store, let it go, there aren’t any big profits. It’s probably a minuscule amount, throw it out and forget about it.”
I answer. “It’s wasteful! What’s wrong with these people? Haven’t they heard about global warming? We could reuse the plastic bottle if the spray worked right. I’m sure it’s more than a minuscule amount.” And grab a measuring cup from the cabinet to measure the exact amount. The liquid pours to the quarter cup line.
In a high pitched voice I say, “See more than you think,” feeling stressed.
Then a quest for happiness returns and I see Shawn Achor’s face and recall something he said in his Ted Lecture.
“Happy people view stress as a challenge.”
Adopting an I’ll show you attitude, I grab a colored straw, unscrew the top and attach the straw to the tubing.
It is not perfect but it works better than ranting.
. . . . just saying
P.S. I had to trim the straw.
*Mr. Wonderful is my husband