The “Martha Stewart” Gene


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People can cut it, but others are left wrapping up the bits and pieces.  Not everyone comes with the “Martha Stewart” gene for arts and crafts.  This would be me.  I’ve never been able to wrap a present, cut the straight lines, or put on cute labels.  I treat every gift like a sailorman, throwing tape around the object just enough to conceal the gift beneath the wrapping paper.  I’m not sure if it’s the lack of craftsmanship or the lack of patience with gift-wrapping that has me clueless to the art of gift-wrapping.  I usually prefer newspaper and a quick one-two taping when it comes to wrapping gifts.  However, for my sister’s baby shower, I went all out and got the baby wrapping paper.  It was on sale, but I still felt foolish spending a couple dollars on pretty paper that is doomed to end crumbled into a heap as balls of color for my mom’s cats to chase.

Some things are easier wrapped than others.  Gift-wrapping is like animal farm; some gifts are more equal than others.  The box was a piece of cake, but not everything in life comes in perfect polygons.

It’s my signature to give a poorly wrapped gift.  There’s never any guesswork or need to look at the tag to see who gave the gift to them.  Fortunately, what I lack in gift-wrapping, I make up in mad cooking skills.  Thankfully.


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