First of all, let’s get one thing straight. There. That was the only ‘counting’ we’ll be doing in this article! 101 things? That’s ridiculous. There are probably a million things to do with School Supplies (but remember, no counting)!
If you have ever wondered if you are truly a writer, take this simple test. Walk into just about any department store or variety store or drugstore during the back-to-school period of late summer. Stop inside the doorway, take a deep breath, and let the cares of the world slip off your shoulders. Never mind that three people just crashed into your back and are cussing at you for stopping so suddenly in the doorway; move to the side a little bit and close your eyes. They can’t see you if your eyes are closed right?
Now then, pretend that you don’t have a million things to do (Have you been counting again?), and that you’re not illegally parked in a handicapped spot. Pretend you have lots of money. Ok, pretend something easier; pretend that everything in the store is free today! Now open your eyes because you are drooling and people are starting to stare, and start walking because here comes the security guard. Which way are your feet taking you? Well get back in here and let’s try this again!
After you’ve gotten rid of all the cares of the world again etcetera etcetera, and settled down, start walking into the store, and just see where you go. If, like me, you are simply drawn to those 3 or 4 aisles packed with the latest in School Supplies, then you are a writer! Well, maybe you’re a kid going back to school or something. But every true writer will be magnetically enchanted by those School Supplies. A writer is a person who just has so much to say, that even in the age of word processors and internet publishing, pen and paper still beckon as the essential tools of personal fulfillment.
School Supplies Rule!
Personally, my handwriting is so bad, and my flare for losing notebooks is so flamboyant, that I can’t stand all that paper and pens and stuff, but I am still enchanted by the vast potential in those aisles of binders and trappers and keepers and pens and markers and pencils and giant packages of loose leaf paper! I don’t care if it is college ruled! I want all of it and I want it now! Good thing it’s all free today, or I’d be stopped on the way out. Wait, I’m not there, you are. Fill a cart for me will you, and run, but don’t worry because your get-a-way car is right by the door remember?
Once you’ve made it home with the goods; assuming you weren’t nabbed by someone who doesn’t appreciate what it means to be a writer, get cramped into some small corner, neglect your family, and begin to drain those pens of ink, and the pencils of lead, and fill every square inch of paper with the wise and witty, or poetic and profound. Repeat those four things 250,000 times and just like that: You have done a million things with your new treasure from the School Supply Aisle!
Ah yes. As I gaze longingly through the bars, I can only wish I were there with you again this year (I will be, in 3 to 5!). Bottles of glue, and scissors; staplers and index cards (3 x 5s are good, but so are the 4 x 6s); pencil pouches and little bitty sharpeners; fine, medium and large tipped markers and good old number twos: I hope you writers appreciate all that you have out there, and fully partake, of the School Supply Aisle.
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