Like Dad Used to Keep It

Dad was a big keeper of the boxes things came in.

Dad was a big keeper of the boxes things came in.

Every time I look at the transistor radio in my workshop, I think about my Dad. Well, not the radio, really, but the box. See all the wear and tear? That radio box is about 10 years old.

Dad’s been gone for a few years, now, but Dad would do that. He’d keep things in the original box until the box disintegrated. It’s a good idea for several reasons:

  • Labels the item
  • Preserves the instructions
  • You know where to get parts (if anything is actually repairable.)
  • It makes odd-shaped items fit neatly on the shelf and in drawers.

However, I don’t think any of those reasons are the real motivation. Maybe it goes back to when the container was a part of the product. Like, back when the boxes for tools looked nicer than the boxes for jewellery look now.

Even more than that was just Dad’s impulse to preserve, to keep things nice. Anyway, when I see that old box, I think Dad likes to see it, too.

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