A useful gift

My reaching stick
My reaching stick

When it comes to buying things that will help life easier, my Mum’s pretty good at it. She gets the things that  I’d never usually think about, and they always work better than I think they will when she gives me them.

There were the microwave pans she got me when I went to uni, and the gripped turner type thing that she packed for me. I don’t know how to describe it, but I used it to turn a tap off a couple of times when they were stiff, and she got something to sit the microwave on at home to stop it sliding around when I was trying to use it. I didn’t realise how much I appreciated that one until I used a mircowave somewhere that didn’t have one of them.

One year for Christmas, my mum decided that she would get me a reaching grab stick. I laughed when I opened it, in a nice way, pointing out that it could end up making me really lazy, and my boyfriend added that I already had one of those anyway–in the form of him.

I could see where she was coming from, because I often can’t get to things that are high up, and it could come in handy to pick up things I’ve dropped. Still, I never really found a reason to use it so it sat in its box unopened for a while and then I’m ashamed to admit I kind of forgot about it.

Not too long ago, my mum found it under my bed and said that I should start using it. We got it out and played around with it for a bit. I put it next to my desk. I was very disappointed when I realised it’s only about three inches too short to reach my bookshelf from there! It’s stayed in its place ever since.

Until today, that is.

Today I found a genuine use for it. Something had fallen down the back of my desk that I couldn’t reach because my arms were too short. I didn’t need it urgently so I could’ve waited until someone came home to fish it out for me. Then I spotted the stick out of the corner of my eye.

I managed to push it down the back and (after some trying) get the paper out. It is now back where it belongs. Yay!

Now I feel very happy that I’ve actually found a use for it and that it was one where I wasn’t just being lazy at the time

Maybe my mum does know best after all. Thanks Mum!

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