“I was just looking for the one I’m giving her,” he says. “I wanted to write something else in the card.”
She helps him look, thinking he may then stop crushing all the wrappings. “Where did you put it?” she says.
“Somewhere behind everything. It’s hidden by several boxes.”
“Why did you hide it?”
Her dad looks a bit sheepish. “I didn’t want it to put all the others to shame,” he teases. “You know how lovely my wrapping always looks.”
“Ah, here it is!” she says. She hands it to him. “I would know your wrapping anywhere,” she says. “Better job, Dad. I can actually tell there’s birthday paper under all the tape.”
Usually a husband, like June’s, will advise the use of prepaid mailing boxes. June never gives up her fight with the tape dispenser. Mary’s mother finally uses the bows and ribbons. James now wraps everything with the comic pages. As his daughter told him, “Everybody will read the cartoons and never notice all the plastic wrap.”
Shirley Ramsey, a retired professor of journalism, lives in Norman.