There is a wondrous drawer in my kitchen. In fact, I’m pretty sure that you have one, too. It is a veritable trove of wonders of which MacGyver would most certainly be proud (cue music). And the funny thing is, I remember there being one of these drawers in every house we lived in while I was growing up. Yes my friends, today I speak of the well-known junk drawer.
It’s funny that often we have no idea how this particular drawer came to be the final resting place for all of the varied odd and ends in our homes; however, it did. Like a self-sufficient village in the deepest jungles of the Serengeti, the junk drawer is the place to find just about anything one might need. In fact, if there were an emergency, all I’d have to do is empty this drawer into my backpack and I could probably combat just about anything.
For instance, if I were in need of water-cleansing packets or safety pins, the obvious first place to look for these treasures would be the junk drawer.
A pen? I’d check the drawer before I’d search my office desk.
Glue? Stamps? Sticky Notes? Scissors? Push pins? Band-Aids? Gum? Batteries? Cough drops? Dental floss? Salt packets? Contact lenses? Extra buttons? A token for a car wash in Nebraska?
All of these items—plus a smorgasbord of others—could all be found in the junk drawer.
In fact whenever I have need of just about anything, I’ll check the junk drawer before anyplace else; 9 times out of 10, this drawer provides me with the items I need the moment I require them.
The funny thing is that for many of these items, I cannot remember having ever put them in the drawer in the first place. This causes me to conclude that this astonishing catchment isn’t a ‘junk’ drawer at all—but it is instead a magical box. In many senses, it’s similar the Room of Requirement in the Harry Potter books; it has in it all the things that the user desires and is in need of the most. Perhaps they came into existence when when the knick-knack fairy was ground into fine powder and scattered by the winds of chaos.
Nobody can really be sure.
So there you have it: the drawer of surprises, the holder of treasures, the catchment of the little things we cannot live without, or the junk drawer. Whatever you call it, it’s still the little magical place that makes life so much easier for us all.
I don’t know what I’d do without it.