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Returning to Simpler Times (Repost)

I think if you ask a million people to name their favorite part of being a kid, making a fort would be on most people’s list.It’s one of those universal rites of passage. I used to love when we’d use a sheet and stretch it between two chairs, or stand up the couch cushions and drape it over them. The best of the best though? Whenever a major appliance was replaced. That box would be turned into a fort, a house, a spaceship, a racecar, a school, or a kazillion other things! The possibilities were endless. With that in mind…

The place where I work makes ceramic fixtures for electronics. If you own a Whirlpool appliance, you have parts in your home that were made seven-tenths of a mile from mine. To produce these parts, we load clay into a ten ton press, and it’s formed by a die and cavity set. From there, it gets sent to a kiln in these little concrete like boxes called saggers. The saggers are coated with a glaze that keeps the parts from sticking. After being ran through the kiln about a million times, they become chalky, and crumble. Then new saggers are bought. The new saggers have to be blown out with an air hose before the glaze can be applied. That’s what I was doing last night at work, and that’s where this story begins.

A new shipment of saggers had been delivered, and I was asked to go blow them out so the day shift guy could glaze them. As I began, I realized that each pallet had about thirty rows of saggers. Each row was separated from the next by a pristine piece of cardboard the length and width of a wooden pallet (roughly 4 and a half feet by four and a half feet). By the end of the night, I had accumulated a few hundred pieces of this perfect cardboard. I couldn’t help but think back to all of the boxes I had as a kid, and how awesome it was if they were huge. I asked my supervisor if I could take some, and when my boys woke up this morning they had the biggest cardboard playhouse they’ve ever seen waiting for them. I got excited watching them get excited! I still have a bunch, and this weekend, I think we may be adding the “Papa Joe” wing the Smith mansion. I guess you’re never too old to be a kid.

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