La Vida de Caridad: The Paper Towel Holder

Paper Towel HolderHave you ever looked at something that you’ve seen many times before and suddenly had a double take of revelation?  But it’s more than just seeing something new, it’s about seeing something that was always there and feeling so silly that you didn’t see it before?

I will never look at my paper towel holder the same again.

I was in the hub-bub of baking – making snickerdoodles for my office holiday decorating party.  There was holiday music on my Macbook.  I was singing and dancing along to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You and Destiny’s Child 8 Days of Christmas.  In the midst of sugar, cinnamon spice, and everything nice, I needed a paper towel.

Bopping along to holiday music, I pulled a sheet from the paper towel holder I bought at the Big Lots in the Jewelry District of Downtown.  I had held off on buying a paper towel holder for awhile when I moved into my apartment, wanting to find the perfect cheap one.  Eventually – tired of not having one – I settled on a black metal one with a decorative-U/flower quality.

Paper towel holders are fairly intuitive in design – they hold the paper roll up.  But what I didn’t realize until I stood there in festive holiday preparations and in midst of dancing in my kitchen was that the flower type design wasn’t just pretty…it was practical.  In tearing a sheet from the roll, I incidentally pulled the paper through the middle of the flower design….

…and then everything stopped.  For a second, I couldn’t hear music.  There was no dough to be mixed.  There was only the realization that the design was supposed to hold a paper towel sheet.

…then everything came rushing back to reality and I felt really stupid.  Duh.

But looking back, it’s a nice revelation – to know that if a paper towel holder can hold so much revelation, how much more the world might have to offer in a similar way for greater things.  But until any other life revelations come along, it is nice to know my paper towel holder is both pretty and practical.

-cct