Our electric toothbrush gave up. Stopped bristling. Ceased cleansing. So I bought a new one.
With it came a wall rack and this rather dashing carry-case:
The trouble is that I don't carry my electric toothbrush anywhere. if I go away, I take an ordinary toothbrush. So I have a dilemma.
What shall I do with the case?
Throw it away is the obvious answer.
But then part of me says, 'Ah, but what if, one day, you decide to take your electric toothbrush away with you? You'll need it then.'
'Don't be so stupid. If I decide to take it somewhere with me, I can just pack it normally.'
'Okay, but think what a waste it will be if you throw it away.'
'Yes, but what can else can I use it for?'
'Think! There must be something. You can't just throw away a perfectly good, white plastic container. What about your glasses? You've lost your glasses case.'
'Yes, but this has got little ridges in the wrong places. It's no good; I'm going to throw it away.'
'I'm going to say one thing to you: Valerie Singleton.'
For the benefit people not brought up in this country and those not of a certain age, let me explain who Valerie Singleton is.
From 1962 till 1972, she was one of the presenters on the children's television programme, Blue Peter. The show started in 1958 and is still going strong with its mixture of news, facts, cooking, stunts, travel, pets, gardening, fund-raising and gift-making. 'Here's one I made earlier,' is a catchphrase that has gone down in history, usually referring to a delightful gift for mums or aunties, made of toilet rolls and glitter.
But that 'Blue Peter' mentality is precisely the reason I find it so hard to throw things out: they might come in useful one day. (Completely ignoring the fact that I am one of the least skillful craftsmen you could hope to find.)
So I'll keep the toothbrush case in the tall boy - just in case.