It was an odd hobby, seemingly fitting for a writer.

Lelajack had saved every pen she had ever used.   When they dried up, she plunked them into a box.  When it filled up, she got a larger box.  Then she found a large plastic bin with a lid and Lelajack immediately dumped the years’ worth of writing utensils into the clear container.

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Copywright Marie Gail Stratford


That’s better, she thought.  I can see all the beautiful colors of the pens.

Years passed.  Lelajack continued to write, not succumbing to a word processor or a laptop.

Maybe someday, she would share her writing.


Friday Fictioneers…. using a photo, write a complete 100-word story.  Hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields each week.  Check out this link to read more stories.


About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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17 Responses to Someday…

  1. Sandairy says:

    I loved the handwriting lessons in 4th grade. We used a pen with a well and an ink bottle. We spent most afternoons writing the verses of Stephen Foster songs…Ole Black Joe …My Old Kentucky Home… Now the songs and handwriting have both gone by the wayside! Nice job!

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  2. Margaret says:

    Oh, she doesn’t share her writing! That really struck me – I like the idea of her pen collection, and its colourful appeal, but I hate to think of her words going unread.


  3. This is a pitch perfect take on the prompt. I, too, had to give up on writing longhand (yes, we must keep that word alive) when my hands gave out. Now I use pencil and paper at my writing practice meetings. (erasers work just as well as the backspace.)


  4. Dear Ruth,

    That’s a lot of pens. I love this take. Nicely done.




  5. Ellespeth says:

    I collect my old writing pens, too. I’m getting just as bad, these days, at collecting coloring pens of all sort. I think these make a wonderful collection 😛
    Great story.

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  6. milliethom says:

    Lelejack has certainly got an obsession with pens. I’m not sure how that could be dealt with, especially as she wouldn’t see it as a problem herself. I love to write by hand (I make fewer mistakes, that way. Haha) but I’d be lost without my computer as well. A very enjoyable read. 🙂


  7. I think Lelajack has some issues going on. Hoarding might be one. :/


  8. yarnspinnerr says:

    Lovely take. I am sure she wrote some beautiful stuff.


  9. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Ruth, If she wants to share her writing with someone quickly, she’ll have to use the computer and send the pens to the landfill. Cute story! Nan 🙂

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  10. Some would call Lelajack quirky with her collection of used pens…not seeing what an artist sees!

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  11. storydivamg says:

    What a fun idea–both as a response to this week’s photo and as something to actually do. I can certainly relate to Lelajack. I resisted composing at the keyboard until about seven years ago, and I still sometimes enjoy the process of writing my creative pieces long hand before I type them onto the computer.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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