Let's play with the packaging
Oh boy. I’ve faced it: boxes, balls of paper, bows, ribbons, plastic bags, and random bits of packaging
If you have babies, small children or just children, and celebrate Christmas, there likely are piles of stuff all around your house. In addition to that, there may be some toys, present. Plastic things delivered to you by friends and well intended relatives for the children.
When my kids were little, the toys were always appreciated. My kids were grateful. It was nice. But my kids are like my cats, Trevor and Suki. We have bought them cat toys. But what they really love is a cardboard box. What they really love is a bit of spring string that was used to tie up a package.
Trevor really loves a ball of paper thrown across the floor.
This could be a foolsletter about learning and creativity. As part of that, I could prattle on about how open ended items like boxes and random bits of string offer more creativity, learning, potential and are ultimately more fun than the toys that were in them. I could talk about why toys are boring. But that would be boring.
I’ll ask a different question. As you gain things, skills and experiences or as you come into contact with new people, what unintended gifts arrive?
And what happens when the packaging, the unintended gift ends up becoming more important and enduring than the intended ones?
What unintended gifts have you given this year?