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Norwalk, Iowa
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Thursday, January 10, 2019 N/Wa en Tom and County News Page Eleven +n s wo dw th + .+0m mum a +SWbep in dv nc+o+p c uo . 1 I of 30 words or less are S3.50 ccnts per addition word.) / By Dorothy Rosby I Bring ads to the office with payment, or drop ads and payment in our door slot after hours. You may also ! I emm'l ads and drop pavment at the office, as long as we receive payment before publication. | I We reserve the right to accept or refuse any or all advertising. / There comes a moment, in the life of every family I Publisher reserves the right to cancel any advertisement at any time. | when someone declares it s time to downsize. Usually this is the parent with the fewest belongings.[ Call 515-981-0406 or email news@norwalknewspaper.com with questions. / Other family members don t always react Deadline is noon on Friday. enthusiastically to the suggestion, so the inspired parent appeals to their higher motives. "Wouldn't it be nice to give away the things we don't need anymore to people who do need them?" No one is persuaded, partly because they think they still NEED pretty much everything, and what they don't need, they WANT. She tries another tack. She tells them she read that Americans spend more than 60 hours each year trying to find belongings in their homes. She points out that it might be easier to find what they need if they didn't have to wade through so much of what they don't need. "Just think, another 60 hours to play." "But," the children argue, "we won't have anything left to play WITH." She appeals to their baser motives. She suggests they sell everything they don't need--or want--at a garage sale and make some extra cash. "To buy more," says a child. And that settles it. They begin sorting their possessions optimistically, dollar signs in their eyes. But then they come across items they'd forgotten they even owned, and they remember with a pang how special these once were. They recall the adventure they were on when they bought the talking trout or the kindness of the person who gave them the Mickey Mouse waffle maker. How can they possibly part with it? Belongings that have been under the bed covered with dust bunnies are transferred to places of honor on crowded shelves. Someone remembers reading that a Ponytail Brunette Barbie made in 1959 is now worth more than $10;000. Suddenly a slightly balding doll with pen marks for jewelry becomes the COLLEGE FUND! They forget that Barbie was still in her box hermetically sealed. This doll has been lying in the corner of the moldy basement for four years. Still, they wrap her in tissue paper and carefully place her on the top shelf of the linen closet. Many other potential giveaways are foiled by those five little words: "I might need it someday." The instigator of the cleanup begins to panic. "If it was so DARN USEFUL, why has it been in the crawl space covered in spider webs since we moved in TWELVE YEARS AGO?" The finder counters, "If I'd known we had it, I'd have been using it." This is how power cords for unknown devices, parts for long-lost gadgets, jars without lids, and lids without bowls find their way back into the cupboards and onto the shelves. At least they're up off the floor--for now. Other things are too important to throw away. What if the IRS wants to see the receipt for the computer keyboard purchased in 2010? Or what if the current owner of the car they sold five years ago wants to see the maintenance schedule? They decide to keep them for now--to throw away later. By now the reorganization effort has completely degenerated. When the parents aren't looking, the children snatch broken toys from the trash. And when the children aren't looking, the parents grab the children's discarded toddler toys and tattered baby blankets from the giveaway box--for the grandkids. In the end, all the hours, sweat, and arguments result in one bag of trash and one small stack in the middle of the living room. Unfortunately, it's not nearly enough for a garage sale. What to do? They'll store it until there's more. Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated columnist and the author of several humor books, including I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better. Have something to sell? Have a service to promote? Have a job opening to fill? Call us today or use the form to the right and ADVERTISE! Norwalk Food Pantry hours are 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The pantry is located at New Life Lutheran Church. Services Services Do You Have A New Address? Are you a snow bird leaving soon for your winter location, or have you recently moved? Be sure to let us know your new mailing address so we can ensure our newspaper still gets to you. You can call us at 981-0406, email us at news@norwalknewspaper.com, or drop a note off to us at 1122 Main Street, Suite 1. Norwalk (we have a drop slot in our back door if no one is in the office). P I and County WS I I I I SUBSCRIPTION FORM ! | For Residents of Warren & Polk Counties ! | One Year $18.00 ! i Senior Citizens i (65 years or older) $15.00 I i Residents Outside of Wtrren I & Polk Counties add $6.00I Illlll~ I I I I i I i I i I i I New Remwal Cancel Name I Address I I I Mail or drop off to: i I i I i I I I I I I I I I I i I I N/Warren Town and County News I i 1122 Main Street, Suite 1 I I P.O. Box 325 i i Norwalk, IA 50211 I i i L .= = .= u. H i J Patava Concrete Hate cleaning? Love Taking orders fortearouts, cleaning? Norwex is the patios, replacement, new answer! Save you time, $, construction, driveways, and riskof chemicals! Kim garage slabs. FREE Ginkens, Norwex Ind. ESTIMATES. Call Matt Consultant, 515-991-9821, Palen, 210-1284, or Tim KimGinkens.norwex.biz. Patava, 210-1285. " Clean Cut Tree Service Turnbull's Tree Service Removals, trimming, stump grinding, brush Topping, Trimming, Tree cleanup, fully equipped and Stump Removal, and insured. Free Brush Clean-Up, Land consultations, 981-0511. Clearing. Free Estimates; Fully Insured. Kevin Turnbull 515-282-7739 ! It's easy to advertise in the N/Warren Town and County News classifiedS. Use the form below to compose your ad, and mail or drop it by our office before 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. Use an envelope and our door slot after business hours. To keep costs down, classified ads must be paid for in advance. Classified ads are 25 per word with a $3.50 minimum. Simply count your words (phone number = 1 word) and multiply by 25 . Thank you ads of 30 words or less are $3.50, with 10 for each additional word. Classified ads must be paid in full before they will run. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY PLEASE INCLUDE PAYMENT Name Address Phone We reserve the right to accept or refuse all adverlising. Publisher reserves the right to cancel an advertisement at any time.