100 Naked Words
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100 Naked Words

Search for Stationery

By Petar Milošević (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

When Mom used to take my sisters and me out for a day of shopping at the Big Lots a few towns over, we all parted ways at the door and headed for our own favorite aisles. Mom perused the home goods — the pretty lamps, baskets, and knick knacks. My sisters rushed the toy aisle. I made a beeline for the office supply aisle.

When we met up to pay, we usually had the same sorts of things every time. Little tubes of plastic horses or dinosaurs, bouncy balls, fuzzy stuffed animals, miscellaneous clearance aisle treasures, and decorations for the living room. I almost always had gel pens, hardcover diaries, and a little box of stationery.

Today we went to Staples so I could find some stationery. Do you know that stores don’t sell those cute, little ribboned boxes of matching lined paper and envelopes anymore? At least not that I’ve been able to find.

I tried Walmart one day, but they only had obnoxious neon-colored legal pads. Staples wasn’t much better.

The young associate looked confused when I asked for help in finding stationery.

“For writing letters?” I air scribbled with my right hand.

“Oh, yeah. Like a…” he bent his knees and acted out sitting at a desk, “… table for writing?”

In his defense, he was probably only 20. I often forget how much of a difference a decade age gap can make, especially nowadays. So, I tried another angle. “I mean like pretty paper that you write on.”

“The printer paper is right over here.” He started to lead the way.

“No, I mean lined paper. For handwriting.”

He led us to the legal pads.

They had some pastel-colored legal pads, so I picked up one of those. Beats neon, I guess.

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Est. May 2016. 100 vulnerable words, one day at a time. Every day.

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Autistic/ADHD mom doing the best I can.

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