My husband and I were watching the DVD version of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence last Friday and there was a scene where Peter (a writer) crumpled up a piece of paper in utter disgust. He then tossed it into a trash can filled with similarly crumpled papers.
My husband turned to me with this giddy look on his face, “See? That! That’s great! I want to see you do that!”
Me: You want me to be more visibly frustrated? I don't have anything to crumple or throw. I work on a computer.
Him (pouting): Well, I want you to do it anyway.
Me: Sorry. I just hit delete or open a new document.
Him: Well, I think you should just keep a stack of paper next to your computer, and every time you don’t like what you’ve written you should (he actually pantomimed the action for me) grab a piece of paper, crumple it up, and throw it in the trash. Just throw it really hard!
Me: What trash? You want me to throw it all the way to the kitchen trash can?
Him (waving his hands in angsty manner): You can have a separate trash can just for throwing.
Silence…watching the movie…
Me: I just feel like that would be environmentally irresponsible.
He continued to fester about it for awhile, letting go only when Peter started talking about truffle-hunting pigs.
It’s kind of nice to know he gets passionate about my writing on occasion, no matter how ridiculous the reason.
*If you're feeling like you're missing out on paper-tossing, here's a link to a Paper Toss game you can download for your iPhone...ah, technology :) PAPER TOSS GAME for iPhones