We don’t consider the longevity of purchases much in this disposeable age. For the most part we buy the best we can afford without a thought about how we intend to use the item.
Once upon a time as a snot-nosed kid I stumbled upon an elderly couple quarreling about this in a grocery store. Wide-eyed, I watched the man snatch a package of super-soft bathroom tissue out of their cart and exchange it for the cheaper brand.
“There ain’t no sense in spending a fortune on something we’re gonna wipe our asses on and throw away,” he grumped at his wife’s protests.
Just the other day my daughter and I found ourselves facing that situation.
“Look, mom! This facial tissue has lotion in it!” Katie exclaimed as she handed me the box in question.
“Why the hell would I want to pay more for something we blow our noses on and throw away?” I grumped as I handed it back. “Toilet paper not good enough for you now that you’re working?”
“It scratches my nose,” she complained.
“Then use a bandanna like I do. It’s softer and you can reuse them.”
Katie snorted as she placed the box in the section of the cart reserved for her personal purchases.
“I’ll get it for myself then,” she huffed.
The old man smiled from the halls of my memory.