Slice of Life Challenge #Day 16
They’re rather dull and unassuming, so when another slicer (Paula Bourque) posted a slice challenging us to think of something very ordinary that we use every day, it took me a while to figure out what I do use on a daily basis and take for granted. Then I suddenly remembered… cardboard boxes…!
Every time we go into the capital to shop for provisions we can’t source here, we stock up necessary items that will last for several weeks. Then the shop packs everything into one or two cardboard boxes. Sometimes their quality is pathetic, but usually they are strong enough to hold a good amount of books. As I don’t have any fancy plastic containers or many shelves in our little classrooms, I resort to boxes. They have been an indispensable part of our school for over ten years!
Sometimes I jazz them up a bit with laminated photos or students’ artwork, on their exposed sides, but occasionally they continue to advertise whatever was previously packed inside.
Every now and then I discard some, whenever they become too saggy and warped and frayed around the corners, by the weight of books being shoved back into them by overeager students. Even more rarely, one box will get picked up and its whole bottom will collapse and all its contents tumble out, to shrieks of laughter.
Over the weekend I set up another little library corner for our older students to do their Daily Five during library time and the students’ recently painted sunsets transformed the nook into a winter wonderland!
Yes, I love boxes and I just realised that they’re very eco friendly (hope I’m correct in that assumption!) I may drool over insta pictures of teachers with their shiny rainbow assortment of see through plastic containers, but they are not biodegradable!
So it’s not just cats who love boxes!