Goodbye, Vintage Swingline

Thursday, April 2, 2015

If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.  --Mark Twain

As a teacher, I've been through some staplers.  Usually, a stapler lasts about six months in the hands of hundreds of 14 year-olds.

Enter: the vintage Swingline.

It was mint condition when I ordered it on Ebay.  I imagined it sitting on the desk of some 1980s shoulder-padded business executive and stapling lots of glamorous contracts.  Yesterday, a student reloaded staples, and Swingline bit his last stack.

The spring that holds the staples in place is missing.

I should have expected this to happen, but something in me wanted this stapler to live forever.  I guess a stapler losing his life is the perfect kind of drama to punctuate the Friday before Spring Break in a middle school.

Office Supplies.  Classroom.  Spring Break.

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