My contempt is reserved for mechanical pencils--specifically, the cheap, thin plastic ones. For some reason, my oldest son loved them all through school, and now my house is lousy with them.

As for wooden spoons? Not a fan, but at school, that usually meant a cup of that weird orange sherbet/vanilla combo, which I was (and am) ALL IN on, so it was worth the tradeoff, I guess?

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I did love that orange vanilla swirl deeply. it was a real challenge for me as a kid with sensory issues. and an adult with sensory issues.

my wife bought an entire pack of those same cheap mechanical pencils! I see them at every turn in my home. what a plague on mankind.

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