On behalf of parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents everywhere, I present a formal request: Starting in November, all toys should be packaged in perfectly square or rectangular boxes.
(Here's looking at you, Toys 'R Us.)
Between my boyfriend and I, we have nine nephews and that doesn't include my best friend's two children (who also call me Aunt Brina).
The first of our holiday gatherings is Saturday afternoon, at which time seven of our favorite little guys will be opening Christmas presents at Logan's parent's house. I'm looking forward to the chaos that is the gathering of Logan, his two brothers, his sister, their significant others and, of course, their collective boys.
We bought gifts for every one of the boys, aside from the older boys who get a card stashed with cash.
My Thursday night was spent wrapping gifts, with the first two rectangular packages looking pretty good -- aside from a few small holes where my dog decided to run across the delicate paper.
Then, I found myself staring at the last of the gifts, which was a cute educational toy for one of the babies that I'd picked out myself.
The problem: The bottom of the box was square but to let you test out the talking bear, it was wide open on the top. I knew the bottom part would be easy to wrap with plenty of tape sitting next to me.
But, how was I going to close the top without it looking like one of the babies had wrapped it himself?
Well, I tried. The good news is the toy is wrapped, but rather than attempting to fold in the corners without a box to guide me, I crumpled up the top and tied it off with a ridiculous amount of string and even more tape.
I could have found another box to put it in, but with our plans to move into a new place at the first of the year, each of those cardboard boxes are coveted.
The presents from Ogo and Brina under the tree look a little silly next to nicely wrapped gifts, but at least I tried, right?
I've still got a few more gifts to wrap. One of which is that Playdough dump truck, which again is not in symmetrical packaging.
(I know Jayden can't read, so nobody spoil the surprise because he has wanted truck this for months!)
Sabrina is the editor of the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 812-847-4487.