Column: Hard to be open-minded about poor beginnings




Everything I bought my wife for Christmas had to be returned. Wrong size, wrong color, too expensive, too cheap. You name it, I blew it.

On the other hand, I am keeping everything she got for me. Not because my wife has such exquisite taste (although she does), but because I totally destroyed the boxes when I opened the gifts.

Generally, I am not good at opening things. The one exception is carry-out pizza boxes. But closing the pizza boxes? No way. Where do those flaps go? Inside? Outside?

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