Thumbtacks. Push Pins. Map Pins. Temporary Fasteners. They come in all colors, sizes, and shapes these days.
They’re amazing. They’ve been used for countless seating pranks yet adorn my office. They were used since the time of Napoleon, perhaps for strategy purposes, yet they perform the lowly duty of displaying millions of pieces of children’s artwork on unassuming walls across this nation.
The blogging challenge this week was to make the mundane interesting. That’s my entire job. You may not think that the demise wall we constructed for you was interesting, it’s just a wall, right? Not hardly. It is a full-height, fire-rated demise wall. It may seem ordinary, but during a fire you will see how special it is.
From the mundane to national security, thumbtacks have served their purpose for the last 200 some odd years without complaint.
Thumbtacks, and their cousins pushpins, are part of my daily life. They serve to remind me of sales at Staples. They hold sentiment and memories when they display greeting cards. Not to mention city hall closure dates, Office Manager Tip ideas, and other inspirational odds and ends. They get moved and repurposed all the time, without forward notice, without consideration of the thumbtack’s feelings.
Often they are blamed for holes in the walls, the loss of a security deposit, but it could easily have been the fault of staples or nails. They get all the heat and none of the respect. It seems to me that thumbtacks are always faithful to their call of duty.
This week’s topic — Thumbtack