Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's a Small(er) World


While eating baby back ribs recently, I noticed how napkins are shrinking. It’s bad enough that manufacturers inject air into them to make them appear plump. Now they’re decreasing their size.  One used to cover my whole lap; these days it barely fits on the top third of a thigh.

Candy bars have also been shrinking with the times.  Years ago, it took me five bites to eat my Gooey-Wooey bar. Today I have to get out Grandma’s magnifying glass to gaze at its loveliness before I down it in two nibbles.

And have you been as shocked as I have how ice cream containers dwindled overnight from half a gallon to one and a half quarts? We used to serve ice cream with our birthday cakes. Nowadays we simply wave the carton over each plate as a sweet remembrance of bigger times.

Coffee can shrinkage is another travesty.  Remember when you bought coffee by the pound? These days it comes in 12 or 13 oz. packages, for the same price.  Soon they’ll be selling it by the cup, and charging $3.50 a slurp. Oh, they’re already doing that.

TV shows take up only 45 minutes instead of 52;
modern cars are the size of my grandson’s scooter;
even band-aids barely cover a boo-boo anymore.
Even if my favorite pants shrink to the size of a napkin.I’m so relieved that Jesus’ love never shrinks or diminishes in strength. He stays the same year after year, century after century, forever.
Happy Resurrection Weekend. May you be overwhelmed as you ponder the love of the One and only God-man, who died and resurrected to give us eternal life. Hallelujah!


  1. I've NOTICED that shrinkage, too!
    Happily, you're SO right about Jesus' love.
    I wish you a JOYOUS Easter as you contemplate the ENORMITY of His power and love ♥

  2. Ohh, I loved this, especially the way you ended it! Two things sure never to shrink are Jesus' love and taxes. Of the two, I much prefer the first.

  3. I sure have noticed this trend. It grivels me. I'd rather pay a little more; makes me feel like they're trying to hoodwink customers.

    But your closing premise is true! Yea!

  4. Do manufacturer's really think we won't notice the shrinkage? I'll add a couple of other items to your list: milk and cookies. You know how important they are to me. :)

    I'm glad Jesus isn't like the marketing people of this world. He's strictly "what you see is what you get."

  5. Good point! So glad there is no shrinking in God's economy!

  6. You are so right. Even with high prices for things we need and getting less for more money, Jesus is still wonderful. Thanks for the uplifting thought today.

  7. And keep an eye out for grocery store items that say they have "new and improved" packaging. New packaging designs can be a ploy to distract the consumer from noticing a smaller package with no corresponding decrease in price!

    I hope you had a beautiful Easter, Jen! xo


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