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The KEY Word

Good morning to everyone.  A beautiful day is upon me...oh how grateful I am for it.  I love the cooler days like this.  I see that many of the children are returning to school.  New school supplies, the smell of new crayons for the young ones.  Most importantly there is an education just waiting for them!  How privileged are they?
Well, today's blog is about the word KEY.  I know that as I sit here...I am amazed just thinking about the various ways that we use the word. And then I thought about when I was a child and the fact that many things came with a key...and not the things that anyone would think about today.  First off, let me put some ways this one word is used.  A Key-note speaker, the Key to success, the keys on a piano, the keys to an instrument, the house key, skeleton key, padlock key, car key,skate key,  computer key and typewriter key, and we can key into our problems.  
The definition to the word gives us nouns, verbs, and adjectives.   
I then remembered back to when I was young and many foods came with a key.  It was a way to open the can.  Coffee, Crisco, sardines, hams, sausages and many more came with this small key on the top of the can.  It had a hole in the end of it that you would insert a piece of the strip around the can into it and begin to wind the key around the product to remove the seal.  This was not as easy as one might think.  I can remember that there needed some type of precision in this procedure.  If you weren't careful, you would mess it up and then be in a bit of a quandary as to how to open the can.  So many years have past since i had thought about that.  I know that I have always had a can opener..or my grandma did...but I cannot remember why we didn't use it in lieu of the key that came with the product.  I can even remember using a pair of pliers from time to time when the key and I messed up. And boy...you really had to be careful because that metal was really sharp.  We would recycle them by carefully unwinding them and using them on our Christmas tree like tin icicles.   How very far we have come with our pop top pull tabs these days!  It is an interesting bit of information to know that the can opener was invented about 50 years after the can itself.  The usual suggestion for one buying something canned was to have a chisel and a hammer to open it.  Can you picture that?  That must have been a sight!   

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