My daughter and I got in the car for a trip to the store. She needed to return and exchange an item we had purchased a week before. “You do have the receipt, right?” she asked nervously.
“Of course I do!” I responded with a big smile. “I’ve got a filing system for these things.”
“Really?!” she replied with genuine surprise. She knew that that my Parrot nature didn’t lend itself to phrases like “filing system.”
“Check it out”, I said triumphantly, while opening the car’s glove compartment. Dozens of crumpled receipts immediately tumbled out on to her feet.
“You can’t be serious,” she said.
Ignoring her, I reached down and plucked the receipt in question.
“Here it is,” I said nonchalantly.
She just looked at me and said “How do you live this way?”
“What’s the problem? You needed it, here it is. Wait, what are you doing?”
“I’m folding your receipts! At least have them stacked in one place. It will take up less space in there.”
“But then I have to unfold them to see what’s I’ve got!”
Now it was my time to be ignored. She carefully straightened each receipt, folded it corner to corner and actually pulled out a paper clip from her purse to bind them together.
I have to admit she was right. There is now more space in the glove compartment…for more crumpled receipts.