As a means of placating the tax man, I just went through the check stubs I had tossed rather carelessly into a box on the shelf. What I needed was the last stub received before I retired after some 20 years at the newspaper.
There were a LOT of stubs ... some running back to 2006. There were others elsewhere.
And when I had finished and found what I wanted, I took the remaining stubs and put them in a manila envelope -- a big one. It was stuffed to the breaking point.
And as I picked it up and marked it for future reference and then looked for space in the filing cabinet in which to place it it occurred to me:
"Here is a sum total of the amount of time I did not spend with my family."