Just When I Thought I Knew It All
One of the downsides to wearing hats and scarves in winter is the likelihood of inadvertently pulling off an earring, which is precisely what I did in front of the Activeboard this morning. Scanning the carpet, my eye landed on a discarded fingernail, which was enough to dissuade me from further recovery efforts.
“Oh, have you never tried biting off a pencil eraser and using it as an earring back?” my colleague quickly suggested.
Then I thought about it for a second.
How absolutely brilliant. I wish I had known this before dragging my husband through the warren of stores beneath the railway station last year, searching to replenish another batch of missing earring backs.
There was just one catch. I wasn’t about to bite a pencil eraser off. I’m game for most things, but sticking a third grade classroom pencil in my mouth and gnawing off the eraser head isn’t one of them.
Anticipating my hesitation, my friend suggested, “You can use a brand new one.”
“No, I think I’ll use a scissor and cut one off this pencil,” I said, selecting a slightly used one from my pencil holder.
Harvesting the earring back was surprisingly easy. I pierced the white, rounded nib into the earring post behind my lobe and it held. All day.