I am a gum chewer because I feel insecure about my breath all day long. I know that smacking irritates some people, so I tried to switch to Altoids, but opening the can in a meeting or in church is noisy. You have the "clink" of the can and the rustling of the paper. And one day in a meeting at church, I dropped one down my blouse which temporarily derailed the meeting due to laughter. Did I mention we were seated at a round table so half the group saw it happen? As you can imagine, occasionally the "wayward Altoid" joke resurfaces with this group. And I'm not embarrassed at all.
So I went back to gum (preference: Extra, Polar Ice) but found myself frustrated by the packaging of gum, the worst being the new and improved packaging of Stride, which sort of unfolds like a book.
Whenever I open a package, they all fall out almost immediately. I feel as frustrated as Ralph Kramden.
So I got myself a cute little red change purse designated solely for gum pieces. It's quiet, clean and cutey-cute. Mine happens to be a red Chinese pattern. Red is good because it's easy to see in the deepest of bags and has nothing whatsoever to do with any political statement, although China was indeed once called "Red China" by Westerners. I'm not sure how I was able to refer to Communist China and storing chewing gum within the same post, but there you have it. And believe it or not, for as small and dumb as this idea is, it has made life ... more halcyon, more peaceful, more balanced, less Kramdenish. So that is my tip.
Thanks to Shannon for the Mother of all Memes: Works for Me Wednesday.