The other day a friend of mine passed along three bottles of concentrated Cranberry Juice cocktail. I hadn’t had any in ages so I dug through my cabinets in search of something small enough to mix it in that would fit in my refrigerator. To my dismay I didn’t have anything. The only pitcher I had was a bit too big to fit in my fridge along with the other contents.
Disappointed, I placed the bottles in my pantry. I would wait until I used down the supplies in my refrigerator to make a batch, I told myself.
The next day I went over to have a cup of coffee with my neighbors. As I was finishing up my cup, one of the kids reached into their fridge, pulled out a two-liter, and poured the remaining contents into a glass.
My cheapskate mind started jumping in happiness. I had a spot on my refrigerator door that was just big enough to hold that bottle.
“Hey, can I have that empty bottle?” I asked as they went to put it in the trash.
“Uh, sure. What are you going to do with it?”
“I’m going to use it as a pitcher,” I responded.
“Go for it.” My friend handed me the empty bottle.
I took it home, washed it out, and carefully poured the contents of the concentrate into the bottle. I added water, mixed it up, and squeezed it into the one empty spot in my tiny fridge.
I am now enjoying a nice cold glass of cranberry juice cocktail, courtesy of improvisation.
Refreshment never tasted so nice.
When was the last time you improvised to meet a need? Please share your stories in the comments below.