From: "Zephyr" <>
Subject: old pots and pans

why do I keep my old stuff when my new husband has good ones?

Mrs. Zephyr

Good question. To correctly ascertain your dilemma, we need to know more about your stuff. Specifically, what is the correlation between your old stuff and your new husband's stuff; i.e. where exactly is the overlap? Are you referring to cookware only?

When we moved The Tub and Pot Club Headquarters into a larger facility, we first assumed that our entire collection would accompany our organization's move. Alas, we, like you, moved into a situation with a certain degree of tiered duplicity, in that our new HQ already contained many containers identical to, but of better quality than our previous holdings. (Yes, our building IS a "container container" of sorts.) Sigh… For a while, we held onto our old tubs and pots for their sentimental value. Then, suddenly, much like a soccer player's limb snaps in two after being clipped violently by the other team's defensive back, we bartered our previously precious goods to the winds.

Here is a thousand year-old copy of a husband's endowment of his future wife on their betrothal. In it, he states, "…according to ancient practice, I give thee, my dearest and most beloved betrothed sponsa Ermengarde, by authority of this endowment ("sponsalicium") everything of mine within the pagus of Macon." Wow. What a nice guy. Did your new hubby likewise betroth his earthly goods unto you? Modern marriage ain't what it used to be you know. Perhaps he wants to maintain exclusive rights to a portion of his stuff?

Regardless, though I believe it impossible to determine what you really and truly want, you probably keep your old stuff because you think you want to. Needs are more easily assessed. In normal household circumstances, you only need one of each type and size of pot pan tub etc. We'll gladly barter with you. Our item of the month is the five-gallon white bucket.



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