Just Jars

by Nancy Casey

A jar is a glass container with a screw-on lid. Right?

Does it have to be glass? Must it have a lid? Can it be a lid that snaps on? If the glass shatters and it is a broken jar, is that still a jar?

No matter how you actually define them, there are lots of jars in the world and probably lots of jars in your life. Today, write about some of those jars.

You could look around yourself and write about any jars that you see. You can think about the jars in your home, or someone else’s. Do you have any favorite jars or favorite kinds of jars?

What about the things that are in the jars? You could describe what they are and why you have them. What kinds of things do people put in jars? What do you like that comes out of a jar? What would you never put into a jar?

Maybe there are jars that you wish you had. Maybe you are a hoarder of jars. Maybe you hate jars and throw away every single one that you can.

You can think about jars in an imaginary way, such as jars that hold memories or conversations that you have forgotten. Jars full of moonlight. Jars of time. Is there something you wish you could go and fetch from a jar?

Today, write something about jars, or one particular jar, real or imaginary.

Fill up the page. Add illustration or color if you like.

When you have finished writing, take a careful look at your work. Make small changes if you need to. 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. She taught the Write-For-You writing class at the Recovery Center last summer and will return again in the spring. For more information about classes and writing certificates, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

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