So it was with my kitchen scissors. To cut a long story short (ahem!) my husband lost them.
I've learnt over the years to show a little generosity of spirit about such things, a little patience, to give it all a bit of time. After all, who knows when something may turn up (just as you put down the forms for the school trip, or the music for the trombone exam, or you favourite pen...) Eventually most items reappear.
But after nearly two months without the kitchen scissors (yes, I improvised a lot using sharp knives) I gave in and purchased a new pair - not least because I wasn't quite sure how I was going to wrap the Christmas presents.
I buy new kitchen scissors. I get them home. I read the packaging.
Remove packaging and cut tie before use
Now just how am I supposed to do that?!