Where was the scrap of paper on which I had written down the date and time for a long overdue haircut? I remembered inserting that scrap between some others I’ve accumulated in my school bag.
I couldn’t find it. I took my wallet, notebook, pencil case, and glucose monitor kit out of my bag, and I peered into the morass. I stirred the papers and other items resting on the bottom. The scrap I had in mind did not float up.
I dumped out the bag onto the floor in the hall. Although I didn’t find what I was looking for, I did find all this: the evidence of an autumn that has flown by.
Yes, I did style the pile a bit to make the contents distinctly visible and composed.
Here’s the list. Make of it what you will.
- notes for a handout on presentations for 2.009, a class
- grocery store receipt, dated 11.19.08, amount due $149.36
- hair clip (what Emily calls a “chip clip” for hair)
- wrinkled, yet clean, tissue
- $10 off coupon to DSW, where I’ve gone twice to search for perfect black boots and failed
- feedback from Grace’s fall parent/teacher conference, dated 11.12.08 (favorite phrase in it: “pours an abundance of energy”)
- letter to me on Joslin Clinic stationery
- receipt from ATM at MIT, dated 10.07.08, in amount of $50
- green Sharpie
- white-coated paperclip
- bandaid (I usually carry enough to share.)
- Neutrogena chapstick (“The best,” say I.)
- mustard packet from the snack/sandwich bar at school (an extra from the occasional ham & Swiss sandwich I buy there)
- scraps of paper, cut into approximate 4 x 6″ squares, on which I first storyboarded a conference presentation I made on 11.22.08
- agenda of last week’s staff meeting for 2.009
Not junk, not junk at all. Really, artifacts.
And now I’m going to start something from this. Let’s call it the School Bag Meme. I tag my blogging and college teaching friends Alex, Dr. Poppy, James, Jan, and Rosemary. What’s in yours, at this very moment? And how or why did it get there?