I love my old medicine bottles.
You know I do.
And it's true that these ones are lovely indeed.
But you can't tell everything from a picture.
You can't tell, for example, that there should have been twice as many.
You can't tell that half the box was a sea of glass.
You can't tell that the fellow I bought them from wrapped each bottle in a single layer of newspaper and then tossed them into a box with acres of room to spare.
You can't tell that the ones with the best labels arrived shattered.
It's always the ones with the best labels.
And you know what bothers me the most?
Not the money, no.
The needless waste bothers me.
For something that has survived the odds for 100 years to be so carelessly thrown away.