Jewish Journal


March 17, 2008

Linens and things


“We need towels.”

I turn to my husband as we poke through the linen closet.

“How is it we don’t have towels? We have a cabinet full of sheets for a bed we no longer have and yet we have no towels?”

“We have the towels in the bathroom,” he tells me.

“Yes, but those are the ‘show’ towels,” I tell him as he pulls out a Mickey Mouse towel for my 25-year-old cousin who is staying with us for the night. “I know we registered for towels.”

“We have the ones from Bloomingdales,” he says. “I think we took off the ones from the other registry.”

Ah yes, I remember. We were told the ones at Bloomingdales were better quality. So we took off the less expensive ones at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Yes. That was a smart move that really worked out.

Yes, the Bloomingdales ones are nice and soft, but we also didn’t get very many. The two of us are used to our other towels, so of course, we’re fine with saving the nice ones for our guests.

“How is it we didn’t get more towels?” he asks.

“Because Nambe is prettier. So we have beautiful platters and vases that our guests can dry off with,” I tell him.

I try looking on a higher shelf in case I missed one. No luck.

“Can a sheet be used as a towel?” I ask as I pull out white one covered in flowers that I’m sure hasn’t been on a bed since the Bush the First years.

“I don’t think so,” he tells me.

I toss it back in.

“Well, at least we have all those coupons for 20% off at Bed, Bath and Beyond,” I say as I give up and close the closet doors.

So the new towels are not the top-of-the-line, and might not be as nice as the ones from Bloomingdales. But they’ll get the job done—at least better than a cake platter and a sheet will.

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