If you are a traveller between cultures, space, time, and language, then you must be familiar with what happens to me, almost every time, when I travel from one home to the other. You see things, people, and behaviour that is so familiar to those who never managed to have a look from the outside to the inside that they won’t ever see what you are seeing.
Can you think of anyone you know (with the exceptions of a German:) who would, in their right mind, even consider buying a “gift ribbon organiser”? An organiser for all those gift ribbons that would otherwise, i.e. without the organiser, just be thrown around your house. What a disaster that would be!
It made me think that life offers its own challenges to everybody.
Diane Rose said:
I’ve seen them for sale here in the US, but I don’t know anyone who’s bought one. I’m very organized, so I have a cardboard box into which I throw any ribbons or bows so I can find them in one place.
There is a reason why they are selling these in the USA, Diane – as wikipedia is telling me:)
“In the 1990 U.S. Census, 58 million Americans claimed to be solely or partially of German descent. According to the 2005 American Community Survey, 50 million Americans have German ancestry. German Americans represent 17% of the total U.S. population and 26% of the non-Hispanic white population.”
I used to be (very) organised (I never had a Geschenkbandor-Organizer, but I did have little boxes for screws, nails, pens, papers and stuff) before I got married and then had children. First I put up a “fight” then, gradually, I surrendered to an “opponent” I could not defeat. The reality of my life.
Ana Teresa said:
jajajaja, my German part is longing for a box like that!!!
I know a Home Economics teacher who would love a ribbon organiser box 😉.
They might all be gone by the time I’ll get back to Germany – but I’ll try to get one for you! (Is that teacher German?)