Our church had a rummage sale on Saturday. Afterwards, the wife and I stayed for the cleanup. Once we had boxed up the remains to be hauled off to the Goodwill, there were a bunch of old boxes left, and I do mean old. People use old boxes held together by several layers of tape to take their stuff to rummage sales. At least that has been my observation. Breaking down boxes like that is tedious, unless you have a box cutter, or a pocket knife. Fortunately, I rarely go anywhere without a pocket knife of some sort. When I leave the house I go through my checklist to make sure I have my keys, phone, wallet, ID and my pocket knife. If I make it out of the house without one, I have a bunch, I feel lie something is missing. I go back and get one.
So, I pulled out my knife and went to work on the boxes. As there were a lot, I asked if anyone else had a knife to help. No one did, in a room of maybe 12 men and 15 women. I was surprised. Growing up in the Midwest, a pocket knife was just part of what nearly every guy carried. A knife is a useful, convenient and portable tool. Why wouldn’t you carry one? Now, I guess I can see how some of today’s people might not carry one. You can’t carry one to school like I did. Kids seem more concerned about they look, and maybe they don’t want the lumpy look. But, I found it odd that a bunch of guys my age and older were not carrying one. Maybe people farm out all of their work on the house and property to other people, so they have less need for a knife. Or maybe they are just out of fashion. I don’t know. At any rate, I guess I will just keep being the guy who says yes when folks ask if anyone has a knife.