As I journeyed from the checkout counter across the wilds of the parking lot with the goals of loading my car and steering it up yon hill back to my apartment, I asked myself this question:
How many more Bagtrees; those wonders that provide the colorful and useful bags to grocery stores, mass marketers and even JC Penny, must sacrifice their children in vain? For I returned home with fourteen items, placed into seven bags.
Some of these did serve the purpose for which they were born: the one that carried 2 two-liter bottles of soda…the one with the fresh chicken that could have contaminated the fresh vegetables were they placed together.
But others seem to have given their lives for a less noble cause. One contained only a dozen eggs, while another contained a single loaf of bread. Could not these have been combined by placing the bread on top of the eggs, thus saving one bag for the most noble cause of all: double bagging?
Deeper I delved into the bags. Celery (1 bunch) and carrots (3 single) placed in one bag…sealed plastic containers alone in another. I weep, for one more bag could have been saved.
Yet, in a confusing moment I realize that five cans of vegetables were placed with a half gallon of orange juice. Was this a moment of moral clarity for the bagger or simply an oversight? I don’t mind, I can even rejoice knowing that one bag was saved.
But then I come to that which makes me weep. A single pack of cigarettes, placed alone into a bag, then placed into the bag with the pasta (one 16-oz box).
The bags are now nested within one another, and will be used again, but how much more full their lives could have been!