Alegna Soap Gratitude List Being Grateful for the Small Things, like Screws

Being Grateful for the Small Things, like Screws

By Angela Carillo on Monday, May, 29th, 2017 in Gratitude List.


My day job is in a public school system. I work with teachers and help them incorporate science in their classrooms. I asked one of the teachers if I could share her lesson because I thought it was a great example of showing gratitude for things you never give a second thought to. Her question to them was “Consider one way your life would be different without screws”


Their answers are below

If we didn’t have screws, we might need to glue bottles together.

Life would be different because stuff won’t fit together that easily.

Things wouldn’t be stable .

We wouldn’t be able to build houses.

We would have to snap lids on.

Things will fall out easier if they get hit.

If you didn’t have screws, water would spill out of your bottle.

If you didn’t have a screw on your water bottle, you would have to push the lid down but then it might get stuck or it would fall off all the time and your water would spill.

Screws make caps for drinks more sturdy.

You need to screw a light bulb. If you don’t, it will fall and break.

If we didn’t have screws, we couldn’t have walls, bookcases, beds, or houses, so we need screws.

If a light bulb didn’t have a screw on it, it would be hard to hold on to the ceiling or lamp, or a SMARTboard.

Without screws, it would be harder in life to put things together.


As I read their response I thought about how much I need appreciate screws. Would we have any transportation without screws? How would my eyeglasses close and fit into my pocketbook?


Would I be able to make soap without screws?

It certainly would be a lot harder. The stick blender I use to mix my soap uses screws. The wooden boxes I pour my soaps into are held together with screws, and so are my soap cutters and curing racks. Yes, soapmaking would be difficult, and I am grateful for small things, like screws.


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What are you grateful for this week?


Yours in Gratitude,



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6 responses to “Being Grateful for the Small Things, like Screws”

  1. Cindy Jones says:

    What a great way to get kids thinking! Love it.

  2. Kim says:

    This is great! I did a similar activity once in design school, but it was with a button. We talked about how many people it takes to make a button….it is incredible when you really think about it. Thanks!!!

    • So true Kim! It’s those simple things we really take for granted. Buttons, screws, zippers and my personal new favorite, Velcro! There are so many unknown people who had ideas to make our lives easier.

  3. Donna DeRosa says:

    What an interesting assignment. It really makes you think.

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