an ode to duct tape

duct tape,  don’t leave home without it.  Yes, duct tape truly is a many splendored thing, maybe because it has so many splendid uses.  If duct tape were a person, he/she would be the “jack of all trades” type,  the one everyone turns to in a pinch or when things go wrong.  You see, no matter what the problem, the odds are good that duck tape will be the solution. Whatever the question, duck tape is likely the answer.

Now John Lydgate said, “you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”   His experience may have born that out, but I submit to you, dear readers, that Mr. Lydgate had never met up with duct tape.  This is true of course because Lydgate lived from 1370 – 1451, well before duct tape appeared on the scene during World War ll.  Had duct tape been available during his lifetime, we might not have that famous quote, because duct tape does please all of the people all of the time. Who/what else can make that claim?

Lest you think I exaggerate, dear readers, let’s look at the facts, shall we?  Duct tape was invented during World War ll, was army green and was used for everything from repairing broken windows to temporary bandages.  It was waterproof and it worked.  After the war, it was used to hold ventilation ducts together.  Its’ color was changed to silver/gray and it took on the name, duct tape. Now in 1980, there appeared a brand of duct tape under the name of Duck Tape. (because duck feathers are waterproof)  This has led to some confusion over the years about the name,  duck or duct?   They are one and the same.

This Duck Tape brand began offering duct tape in a wide variety of colors and in 1997, printed duct tape was introduced.  As the uses for duct tape expanded so did the colors and prints available for purchase.  It seems we just keep finding more uses for duct tape.  It’s the answer to our every question.  Who/what would you want in a lifeboat with you?  duct tape of course (it’s waterproof)  What can clothe you in style and keep your bumper from falling off your car?  duct tape, of course!  Duct tape was used in the Apollo 13 repairs needed to bring the men on that mission safely home.  (bet they’re glad they didn’t leave earth without it)

What would you not want to run out of ?    I know you think the answer is toilet paper, but I’m thinking duct tape.  Duct tape is the answer to every home repair, every do-it-yourself project that presents itself to us.  When you don’t know what to do, duct tape it!  The choices of colors and prints just make fixing broken things more fun.  But duct tape is not just for fixing broken things, it’s for creating new things as well.  Everything from clothes to artwork can be created from duct tape. One of my daughters even had a duct tape purse.

Stuck at Prom, the annual competition started in 2001 by Duck brand duct tape is a great example of what duck tape can do.  You wouldn’t believe the clothes these kids create, all with duct tape.  Duck tape seems to have sticking power, it’s been around for awhile and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It just keeps growing in usefulness and popularity.

Well, I could go on and on, after all that’s what an ode does; but duct tape is blushing, so here I’ll conclude.   Is duct tape right up there with the wheel, electricity and penicillin?  Only time will tell, but duct tape has found her way into every home by being versatile and by making herself indispensable to us all for big and little things alike.

they say that love makes the world go round, but I would add that increasingly, it’s duct tape that holds the world together   ( or at least a fair amount of our stuff)

so long live duct tape!  what would we do without you?

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  (James 1:17)

sincerely,       Grace Day

ps.  Jesus is my duct tape, He holds me together


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