#SOL20 Day 11 “Something”

SOL20This March I will be participating in the montOld Friend from Far Awayh-long Slice of Life Challenge. Each day I will be posting a ‘slice’ from my life. This year I am using Natalie Goldberg’s book Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir to provide my sparks for memoir writing. Each post will be a quick write using one of Natalie’s exercises to practice noticing and remembering.

GO FIND SOMETHING ORDINARY AND TELL US ABOUT IT.

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Look around you. What is something ‘ordinary’ that you really haven’t given two thoughts about. Give it two thoughts-or three. Notice something that never gets noticed.

14 thoughts on “#SOL20 Day 11 “Something”

  1. Two things struck me about this- one, I also leave receipts in the bottom of the bag and I’ve never considered what kind of germs are lurking there. I don’t usually wash the bag out unless something spilled. I also love that you acknowledged the struggle to remember to bring the reusable bag to the car. This happens all the time when I have to make a quick stop on the way home and don’t have a bag with me. Thanks for making me consider simple things in my life that I don’t give much thought to. Will be paying close attention today!

    1. I was really struck by this exercise to increase my mindful practice-hadn’t contemplated “stuff” as a source of mindfulness. It was interesting, now I’m looking around and wondering what else is ubiquitous in my life that I have never really noticed.

  2. I have bags that I keep in my car for shopping. It’s not a common practice around me, but I’ve gotten in the habit of opening my trunk before going into the store to pick out a few bags. Who knows what little I’m doing with this gesture, but I feel good about it. They sure hold more than plastic bags. If I were writing about them, though, I would have to write about how my kitten loves to play in them, so they are full of white kitten hair. I really should clean them.

  3. Excellent slice, poor dull little shopping bag is probably feeling unremarkable and very unnoticed! I like how you gave it a personality of sorts….I will definitely try to think of something ordinary to write about for tomorrow!!

  4. Great example of something very ordinary but really extraordinary in many ways! I have difficulty remembering to put the bags back into my car so I can use them when I shop. I must get better at this. I think I might try a “How to Be” poem about an ordinary shopping bag!

  5. I love reusable bags and am a walking advertisement for them while loading mine at Winco. Like you, I use the bags for books, and stored magazines in them when teaching. We keep ours hanging in the garage so we can grab them on our way to the store. I also always have at least one in my car.

    Now I’m thinking about the ordinary things I should tell stories about, things that also have stories to tell.

  6. The detail in your slice is what struck me. This would be a great prompt for kids who need practice with writing details and using a variety of adjectives or exploring the key concept Form. Thanks!

  7. Once again, you’ve given us a prompt for those “bone-dry” days. Thanks for that. I just read an article about how many times we have to use those plastic bags to justify their being, well, plastic. I’m with you, though, I definitely use the heck out of them. p.s. I do wash mine out. They never look as good as when I first bought them, but as you said, “…but this one…wrinkled and dull” [command, asks, reminds] me, too! Great post!

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