The surgeon

They sit cross legged on the floor, next to an impressive pile of collapsed boxes begged from the grocery store. Her hands hover over a collection of books from the living room, eager to begin.

He pushes the blade of the box cutter to the exact length he wants. Then, he carefully unwraps a spool of tape, where he had folded over a corner so that he could find it again. Turning to the first box, he tapes together the flaps on one side, then re-tapes them, the second layer of tape neatly overlapping the first.

She quickly fills the box, glad that it fits around their books. He starts taping the box shut, lengthwise, then crosswise, the strips of tape dividing the box into six equal squares. He tests the weight of the box, and decides to bolster the corners with more tape.

She watches, exasperated. ‘Why do you have to be so…particular?’

He smiles, saying nothing.

She smiles back, teasing now. ‘Is this how you are at work? What do your supervisors say?’

He’s grinning now. ‘They seem to like it.’


About purplesque

Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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18 Responses to The surgeon

  1. zottavox says:

    Well the designer doesn’t think I tape packages well
    but he let’s them go out in the mail:)
    You moving?

  2. zottavox says:

    Sorry for duplicate. BTW how DO you reply to a direct
    tweet, again to NOT tweet everybody? I know you told me…

  3. Vijay says:

    Been there. I’m the one with OCD-esque traits in our household! 🙂

  4. phantomxii says:

    I’m no surgeon. I bought the big tape dispenser with the handle that slaps a big piece of tape across the box. SKRAKK!

  5. mizunogirl says:

    That was beautiful to read early in the morning here. It brought a genuine smile to my face. Thank you!

  6. Can the surgeon come to my house and box my books? I have few dozen that could go!

  7. Aussie Emjay says:

    LOL – I *love* packing tape! All my international packages take the recipient at least 20 minutes to open – and I’m proud of that! 🙂

  8. robpixaday says:



    [this is good]

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