by Nancy Casey
Today, write about the furniture in your life. It could be furniture you are sitting on now, furniture from your past, or furniture that only exists in your imagination.
While your mind wanders among the many couches, tables, rugs and footstools you have known, set up a page for writing.
Draw a line at the top of the page to leave room to write a title later. Write the date on the page somewhere. Mark off a section of the page for drawing. You could draw some furniture, of course, but really you can draw anything at all. If you can’t decide what to write about, draw and doodle for a bit first.
What can you say about furniture? Is the furniture you are thinking of comfortable? Borrowed? An Heirloom? Ugly?
You could write about how a piece of furniture came into your life and describe the history you have shared together. Maybe someone likes this piece of furniture more than you do.
Furniture can require maintenance and repair. It can be found to have many different uses.
Was there furniture you were not allowed to sit on as a child? Do you have furniture that you won’t let children sit on?
One of the most grueling adventures a person can have is moving all their furniture from one living space to another.
Some people never rearrange their furniture. Others move things around often. Which type of person are you?
What is furniture anyway? Tables and chairs, for sure. Are curtains furniture? A bathtub? You can decide.
Begin by writing about one specific piece of furniture. If that doesn’t fill the whole page, write about a second one, and a third or fourth one, too.
When you have finished writing, reread your work. Make small changes if you need to. Add drawings and decoration. When you are satisfied with the page, give it a title and write the date on it, too. Here is an example of what someone could write.
You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.
Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. If you would like to do this exercise or others like it with a group of people, come to the Write-for-You class at the Latah Recovery Center on Thursdays at 5pm. Anyone can join. Just show up! You can attend just for fun or work to earn a writing certificate. For more information, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.