Duct tape, that powerful, gooey, silvery gray roll of gravity-defying magic. How could we live without it? Growing up, I watched in wonder as my Granddad secured, repaired and stabilized countless pieces of farm equipment, fence gates and the rusty holes in the Quonset hut near the barn. He would smile at me silently, almost as if saying, “Yep, duct tape is a farmer’s best friend.”
As if it couldn’t get any better, one day in the 1960s he discovered super glue. Super glue was like duct tape and baling wire on steroids. Excitedly, he applied it to the bottom of his glass toothpick holder and pressed it onto the dash of his new Cadillac – it was stuck like Chuck! Wow! Who knew such an astonishing product existed. Granddad finished his last days exhausting every possible use for super glue his imagination could create.
After marrying, I learned that my family wasn’t the only ones with a duct tape obsession. An aunt (who shall remain nameless) desired a more youthful appearance. In a brilliant display of creativity, she pulled the skin on the back of her neck taught (much a mother dog does when using her mouth to pick up a pup by the scruff of its neck). She slapped that tape down, popped the collar on her shirt up to disguise it and reveled in her accomplishment. That’s what you call a redneck neck lift!
And another female in the family, rather than wasting money buying different chain lengths, uses tape to stick her necklace to the back of her neck and covers it up with her hair. Voila!
So there you have it – my family’s hush-hush beauty tip! Well that and our secret Kool-Aid concoction (Kool-Aid, honey and cayenne pepper)… THE perfect all-in-one lip stain and lip plumper! But that’s for another day…