Huh? Toilet paper does expire?
Look good, look again.
Yes, there it is, in dotted print, on the white, above the pretty lilac picture.
FAB 08/06/11 EXP 08/06/15
Wow, what gon happen after 08/06/15? The loo paper gon turn to dry, brown leaf?
Rehana the cleaning girl want to know if it gon make we itch.
I say, I wonder if it gon crumble in we hands or fall to pieces when...well, let we not think about that...
Just around the day I discover that toilet-paper can expire, I read a piece o’ news that the bored would say is stale and ain’t relevant no more.
The government in England want to take a new look at expiry dates on food because people throw away too much, there is too much waste.
Waste. Don’t mention that word to my cousin Dee who work for the wealthy in A Big Country Abroad. She gon sit with she light-brown eyes in a daze, saying over and over, The waste, G., the waste. It is shocking, G. Them rich people don’t wait for coats and thousand dollar shirts and dresses to get even one month old, she say. They throw them away after they wear them two, three times. She does secretly sort out the clothing and give them to doormen, watchmen, maids, people in shelters. One day, she take a blanket, carry she long-legged self across the street and give it to a soul shivering on the winter pavement.
Let we not get too righteous in poor countries though. Fazal, gardener- tree-trimmer-grass-cutter-handyman say that in the gardens of the wealthy here, fruits grow plump and ripe and not a soul in the home does pick them.
Older folks though, them ones who grow up during World War 2, then survive post-colonial times, and soap shortages, flour, sugar, butter, toilet-paper shortage-times – does still say, “Nah waste.” Don’t waste.
While younger ones scoff. Few years ago, I used to giggle when my mother wash plastic bags to use again.
But the hands of the news-clock is turning back. And even the old bread plenty folks grab now.
In 2015, when the toilet paper expire, I wonder if by then the recession ‘round the world gon be done and waste gon come back. Or if the young gon be like the old.