From The Storyteller
Oct. 29, 2018, Paper Towels
Just wondering how they get 200 individual paper plates stacked together so tight that it takes my finger nail to pry them apart. How do they make a roll of toilet paper with 1000 individual sheets? The mechanics of filling bottles with stuff is easy to understand. My tour of the SAS shoe factory was great as I witnessed their well thought-out, step by step process that generates literally hundreds of pairs of shoes a day. But a pair of shoes, or a bottle of canola oil, is not the same as 1000 individual sheets on a roll.
This particular “how do they do it” wondering started in Sam’s Club on a Saturday afternoon. I am watching a father with his young family pick up a gigantic package of paper towels. There are 150 individual paper towels to a roll, 15 rolls to a package, 2250 individual towels to a pack, and each towel is perforated at the edge for easy tearing.
How paper towels, toilet paper, and paper plates are made are but a few of the questions to which I may never learn the answers. If you know the answers, great! It is okay not to tell me, and yes I do know about google. It’s just I’ve come to a place where spending “head-time” finding answers to my “wonderings” is not as important as it once was.
Example: The father buying those paper towels was shopping with his family. They were together, talking and laughing. I call that “heart-time”, and time well spent. “Head-time” and “heart-time” are both necessary. How necessary is a personal choice. For me, if it means losing valuable “heart-time”, I’m okay with never knowing who decided 60 seconds makes a minute, or how paper towels are made.
Moral: Choosing between “head-time” and “heart-time” can be tough. Choose wisely.