Wrap Session — October 8

OK, so you may say this isn’t much of a good deed, but I think it is. Something keeps happening in the store that really bugs me (what doesn’t?), and I decided to lead a little one-chick brigade.

We all man/woman the gift wrapping station at the front of the bookstore — whoever is free at the moment is on tap. I love to wrap, and as you know, we occasionally even get tips. But here’s what’s beginning to get under my skin…

A woman — almost always a woman — will lay down the things she wants wrapped and say, “It’s for a five-year-old boy.” And a lot of times it’s obvious, because people are still buying Legos and trucks for boys, princess stuff and glitter for girls. Now where this all starts in the growing-up process, I can’t say. But it reminds me a lot of the notion that we’re all born without hate, that hate is learned.

So now when someone says, “It needs to be wrapped for a seven-year-old little girl,” I always reply, with a big smile, “I’m happy to report that we don’t have gender-specific wrapping paper.”

So there. It’s a step in the right direction — I know it is.


Just make it pretty.

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I'm on a journey to do One Good Deed, every day for a year. I started on July 29, 2010. Join me, won't you?
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5 Responses to Wrap Session — October 8

  1. Darlene Roudebush says:

    You know,I don’t think I really thought about it like that…but you are absolutely right! I think that you ARE doing a good deed,and maybe you will cause some people to stop and think about it. And that is always a good thing!!

  2. Katherine McElroy says:

    I’ve been holding my breath and ahhh…it’s another good one. Planting seeds, causing a little nudge in our deeply ingrained thought process, ya, I’d say that’s quite a good deed. As always, thank you :-)

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