Losing It with Wreck this Journal

by Barbara Martin

in Creative Juice


Wreck this Journal game: week 6 (or 7), how it played out.

That “let it go” page has been bothering me for weeks so today I decided this would be “The Day I Lose It” no matter what.

In mid-afternoon I left it inside a local freebie newsprint magazine that I found on the coffee table in the waiting room at the clinic where I go for physical therapy on my shoulder. After I slipped it into the magazine and set it back on the coffee table I noticed it was dated February so I didn’t think anyone would bother with it.

But the next person who came in picked it up! The magazine fell open right where I had put in the lost page! The gentleman gently removed the lost page, read it and examined it. He read the front, then turned it over and tilted it to read the “four letter words” I had scrawled in columns on the back. (Example: don’t do nut done it) Then he gingerly returned it to the magazine and replaced the magazine on the table. Can you say poker face? ‘Cause that’s what he had throughout.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my journal was smooshed under the big cast iron frying pan to set the glue on the replacement page I had inserted into it. I’d been saving this spare page for weeks. The yellowed, slightly brittle page was smack dab in the center of the sidewalk around the corner from where I live. It was as though someone had placed it there explicitly for me to find on my daily walk. No trace of who it belonged to, no other pages, just this one. Never one to question serendipity, I picked it up and brought it home.

Here’s the photo ‘cause that’s pretty much it for my wreckerage this week. Of course, I glued it in upside down.



judipatootie July 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

i am SO jealous.. i want to watch someone find the lost page too.. what insite !!Enjoying visits here

LaWendula July 17, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Wrecking has got its own rules. Funny story. Thanks for your comment! :)

Kavindra July 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I agree with Judi – I wish I had been there watching this man stoically look over your lost page … then put it back! Hilarious. How did you keep from giggling?

jamie July 17, 2009 at 9:03 pm

LOL! I totally laughed reading your description of Poker Face Man. You must have had a pretty awesome poker face yourself!

Your found page looks magnificent perched in its just right spot.

Hybrid J July 18, 2009 at 4:37 am

I absolutely love your wrecking story! Fantastic! 😉

Genie Sea July 18, 2009 at 10:27 am

What a fun experiment! And his poker face made me laugh! :)

Lisa July 18, 2009 at 11:02 am

Great story! Maybe we should compile some funniest moments of our wrecking – poker man and serendipidoolleyous find are just perfect! I’ve had a few serendipiddus moments of wrecking myself – perhaps some strange force is indeed trying to tell us something!

Leah July 18, 2009 at 12:42 pm

ha! I loved reading about someone finding your lost page. So funny!

Grammy July 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

That sounds like so much fun to watch the person find your page. An an awesome find. Thanks for stopping by today. See ya next week.

Melinda July 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm

haha…this was a great post! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment too!

The Other Laura July 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Brilliant! I want to watch my page being found too…

Kim July 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm

What fun to watch someone find your lost page!! I giggled as I read about it!! And how wonderful that the universe sent you a perfect replacement page!!

Gretchen Wegner July 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for sharing what you observed when the guy read your page. Makes me want to leave my book in public, hide behind a bush, and take notes about what people do! :-)

NatashaMay July 20, 2009 at 3:10 am

Great wrecking!

Sherri July 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm

That’s funny! How cool to be able to watch someone find the lost page. Happy wrecking!

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