Hankies for walruses

Here at Cottage Life we are often sent strange and wonderful things in the mail (insects to indentify, the makings for smores, even, occasionally, animal poop!). Sometimes these things come from readers, sometimes from companies that want to let us know about something new they have made for cottagers.

Recently we were sent a box of Scotties tissues. Though I’m sure the folks at Scotties wouldn’t call it strange, they did think it wonderful that they have introduced Scotties Envirocare, a new family of products that are EcoLogo certified, and made with 100% recycled fibres (no new trees cut down – hooray!).

When I look at the box, it brings to mind a conversation that has become famous around our house. When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband asked his brother-in-law, a veteran parent, for advice on being a good dad. Our BIL said something along the lines of: “Every child is different, you have to figure out how to parent each of them. But, there is one thing I have learned: Always carry a tissue.”

How many times have I heeded this advice and been grateful? How many times have I forgotten, and sorely regretted it when confronted with a melting popsicle, or when we get to the park and our wee girl has what we call a “half walrus” or, even worse, a “full walrus” (one, or two, “tusks” under her drippy little nose).

So, thanks to our BIL for the invaluable advice, and to the folks at Scotties for an environmentally responsible option for this most handy of parenting tools.


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