Here is my pile of forks. The forks live on a shelf above my desk at work.
Every time I get a take away meal from the restaurant I take a metal fork with me.
I always used to take my metal fork back to the restaurant when I finished my meal. This is because I am the sort of person who likes to keep things tidy. A place for everything and everything in its place. But it was also partly because it just seemed the right thing to do.
And then there was a notice in the staff bulletin saying that staff must return their cutlery to the canteen after their meals. It listed the number of knives and forks in the canteen on a day to day basis and pointed out that the number was falling. Staff were instructed to return their cutlery immediately.
Quite naturally, I began to hoard forks.
I know that not returning the forks is childish. I’m also aware that the pile of forks is upsetting me. I’d much prefer them to be back in their natural environment: basking in the cutlery tray.
But most of all I’m really irritated at being instructed to do something I was planning to do anyway.
That’s why I have a pile of forks.