The end of the school year is coming up. I remember being a kid in elementary school and how exciting the last day of the last semester could be. Sometimes the air felt full of magic. We cleaned out our lockers and desks, threw away trash, turned in books and took home leftover supplies.

The left over supplies would sit in my satchel singing to me until I could unpack them in my bedroom. I would shut my door, crawl onto my mattress and carefully take all the papers and pens out of my bag. I had clean paper that I had not used up by \recording facts or writing notes to my friends or drawing pictures of royal women in beautiful ball gowns. I had a zipper pouch of black and blue ink pens, colored pencils and several crayons still in working order.

I would rub my hand over the smooth white surface of the paper and my mind would immediately feel words forming in my head and scramble to get to my hand, the one that had grabbed up the blue pen before I even knew it was going to happen.

Sometimes the best beginning for something new is the ending of something old. Grab some clean white paper, your favorite pen, and let your mind find “the zone.”

Congratulations. You have received a post card from the muse.

Nandy Ekle


2 thoughts on “Leftovers

  1. Nandy, Especially now when it is the end of school I remember going back through all the “stuff” I had saved back to use for another day. I always looked what I had written in my notebook throughout the year & marveled at my thoughts. It was hard to believe how many pages were left in my notebook or spiral. But this also brought back such precious memories of my daughters and what they would bring home, a reminder of how much they had grown and learned through the year. Among their stash I found so many Lisa Frank folders with the artwork still vibrant and bright that I “borrowed” for my own use. I still have them today. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. This post made me smile. And it’s the same when I clean out my kids backpacks; half-used spirals with more blank pages just waiting to be filled up with blog ideas, characterizations, and ideas for titles. Great post.

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