How to find the thing that’s missing

First, determine if it’s worth finding.

Check your pockets, eat the Hersheys kiss, dig the lint out from under your fingernails.

Look in the very back corner of the junk drawer, past the MP3 player and 1984 Worlds Fair cigarettes.

Dig into the box of paperwork to be shredded, be careful of paper cuts, don’t be delayed by perusing old receipts.

Stand on a kitchen chair to look into that cabinet above the stove that’s full of stuff everybody has forgotten like six bottles of dried up glue, try not to fall, the glue won’t help.

Think about venturing into the attic, picture a vista of dust and hulking covered objects, don’t do it.

Get out the laptop, buy the thing that’s missing.


Napowrimo Day 9 prompt: “Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” What things? Well, that’s for you to decide!”

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