The Discover Prompts from WordPress have stopped now. I felt a little flurry of excited anticipation when they started up again for April but they never really lived up to my expectations, to be honest. Now they’ve gone, though, I miss them a bit. ‘Lists’ was one of the prompts that I didn’t actually write a post about – which is surprising because, like many of you I’m sure, I am a constant list-writer. My diary is full of lists of things I want to do, things I need to write or finish writing, writing I need to send off, lists of magazine submission windows and competitions. Lists of things I want to do today, this month, this year, next year. Items to pack because I’m going away somewhere. Clothes to buy. Birthday presents and Christmas presents – lists for my kids. And so on, and so on. Not as many lists these days, of course.
You find lists in places sometimes, don’t you, often in shopping trolleys. Perhaps that was in the pre-lockdown days, before trolleys and baskets were fumigated and disinfected after every use. Lists of food that other people were buying. Their paper and written notes in your hand. Remember that? Mostly mundane stuff: cat food, bread, lamb chops, cabbage. Indecipherable handwriting, bad grammar. Torn off paper, flowery stationery, backs of envelopes. Buy stamps. Cauliflower. Tomatoes. Apples.
Then there was the time the lockdown started and I wrote endless lists of what we needed. Flour. Pasta. Tins of Tomatoes. Rice. Bread. Toilet Paper. Bleach. Soap. Eggs. And I argued with Andrew because he came back with all of the wrong stuff! Apples, carrots, grapes that we already had in. He’d picked up the wrong list! We laugh about it now. Listgate.
Menu lists. Lists of meals to make for the children’s lunchboxes. Meals to make each week day night. I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a nearby school when the children were small. I used to be super-organised. Lists were a staple of my sanity. Lists of chores, lists of children to invite to parties, lists of subjects to discuss at Parents Evenings. I seem to have saved lists of old.
Lists of places I’d like to be published, lists of what I want to write about, lists of places I want to visit. Lists of jobs I’ve had. Lists of what I’ve eaten today. Lists of things that people have said. Lists of inspiring quotes.
Is there anything I haven’t ever put into a list? I seem to have covered most things. Lists of names. I’ve found the list I made when I was pregnant with my daughter. Her name is on it. My son’s name is there as well but that was some time later.
Are you a list-writer? What’s on your list? I could ask, who’s on your list, but that is for another post.