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“The Box”

“The Box”

As I have been cleaning and organizing this week, I came across a box. It’s not just an ordinary box. It’s a special box and you will have to read on down this post to realize how special it is. Half of a school year has slipped by since I wrote this post and H has no interest in picking another box. It looks like he is downsizing a bit in preparing for retirement. He still has about eighteen more months to go – two more concert seasons and one more marching season. It’s a bittersweet time for both of us as we count down the events and the goals left for him to accomplish. Hope you enjoy the story!

Finding Myself Through Writing

It was just an ordinary box made of corrugated cardboard measuring about 24″ x 15″ and 7 or 8 inches deep. The edges were well worn and the fraying corners and sagging bottom had been reinforced numerous times throughout the year with duct tape. What this box contained was not so very ordinary. The box was full to the brim and spilling over with ‘stuff’. Oh, this was important stuff, I am sure. Last year’s marching show spread out on the very bottom, unopened junk mail, some fundraising brochures, pencils marked up with the hits on the podium, an assortment of reeds, and packets of Sweet and Low and some salt and pepper packs took up a layer or two. There were various sizes of paperclips scattered on the bottom surface, a few rubber bands, useless ink pens and dried up markers, a zip lock bag with something unidentifiable, some sinus medication, and a bottle of Ibuprofen. File folders of…

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

6 responses »

  1. This is such a great story, even better the second time around 🙂


  2. Ha Ha I have one..well some of those or did …now we have retired they are reducing….it gets easier but always worth a last look because there is always that 1 item….Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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