Not too long ago I was trying to re-organise my home library. And as I was putting away some books I saw a very old school book of mine still "covered" in its brown paper wrapping paper! When I took out the brown paper book cover I realised how new the book cover was!! But too late the brown paper had been crumbled up and thrown into the waste paper black plastic bag..I must find another book with brown paper covering and photograph it!
In my early school days my mother would always make my sisters and I "wrap" up our books carefully with store bought brown paper(10 cents a huge piece) a few days before school opened. The family would spend a few hours of quality time together. Somehow we were very proud of the fact that we loved our books so much that we wanted to "protect" them!! This was very much the style then. We would lovingly write the title of the books on the brown paper "cover". Rain of course would come any time and we had canvas school bags which seemed to be quite water proof. Furthermore we had our paper umbrellas every day. Unlike today's kids we carried few books then.
This skill of wrapping up books was useful when I became a school librarian and later a school teacher librarian. I have been wondering how many thousands of books I have wrapped in my life in plastic covers!! I wonder if my own student librarians remember their library work as much as I do.
Come to think of it..our paper umbrellas were quite a formidable self defence weapon in those days. But nothing untoward ever happened on the roads between our school and our home in Brooke Drive (Smile).
|We can still buy this thinner version of Ngo Pui Ze in Miri and Sibu. They are usually rolled up like this. This sight actually brought back a lot of good memories to me...how my siblings and I tried to use up each piece frugally. "Just buy one or two sheets..never waste" these words still ring in my head..and they were like ten cents each piece.I believe that in those days our teachers would secretly note with approval when we brought our well wrapped books to school..Mothers should be praised!!|
But one can always RECYCLE and re-use the lovely brown paper bags
How times have changed...
Some things like this puts a smile on my face today....and the thought just give me such a warm tug in my heart....