Daily Prompt–Clean Slate


Explore the room you’re in as if you’re seeing it for the first time. Pretend you know nothing. What do you see? Who is the person who lives there?

I see an extremely cluttered living room-dining room combination as I walk in the front door of this apartment. I first notice, besides the clutter, that there are many, many books of all sorts in the bookcases, on the floor, on the tables, everywhere. The person who lives here values books and probably loves reading. As I pursue the book titles, I notice that they are quite varied. Mysteries, novels, philosophy, history, anthropology, sociology, travel, and many other genre. This person has many varied interests in the types of books he or she reads. He or she is probably a well-rounded person who loves reading for the love of reading and also to gain information.

Amidst the clutter, I notice yarn and knitting projects. This person likes to knit apparently and has more than one project going at once. He or she likes to keep busy. There is also a Kindle Fire. There are ebooks on the Fire, more reading material, as well as news apps and a few trivia games. He or she likes to learn and test his or her mind. I also notice French language books and a French-English dictionary. This person is studying French, I surmise.

There is a CD player with a Philip Glass CD nearby. He or she enjoys minimalist music, I think. There are also Christmas CD by a group called Nowell Sing We Clear, a group of four singer-musicians who play and sing old English and American folk winter and Christmas songs. He or she enjoys folk music. There is a CD of French carols as well.

On one table there is a magnificent amaryllis plant with multiple buds open. He or she appreciates the beauty of this amazing plant and must have lovingly cared for it. It has a prominent place in the room.

There is a large palette of water color paper and canvases and paint supplies, as well as mosaic supplies. This person enjoys making art with these media and probably appreciates art as well. There is a bookcase filled with ceramic Irish angels and Irish shoes. He or she is probably of Irish descent. Also on the bookcase are statues of many different types of decorated horses. This person probably has some connection to Native Americans from the looks of these horses. There are also some hand-blown glass sculptures and an ornate glass goblet. These might be souvenirs from a trip somewhere, perhaps Italy.

There are boxes of postcards from all over the world in three boxes on the floor. He or she must belong to a postcard exchange group. This person values exchanges with people from other cultures and enjoys receiving mail from others and sending postcards from his or her city to others around the world.

There is also on the desk, besides postcards waiting to be sent out, medications for dogs. This person has dogs and one of them must have eye problems since these are for dogs who have dry eye problems. He or she must love the dog very much to take good care of it and take it to specialist to get medication for its problem.

I notice a box of Christmas paper and cards and bows. This person must not have a lot of storage space and thus keeps his or her Christmas things in a box in the living room. The dining room table is clutter with books and cards waiting to be sent out. This tells me that this person plans ahead for special occasions.

In front of one bookcase, on the floor, are many children’s books. This person probably does not have children, as this is a one bedroom apartment, but probably tutors a pupil in reading at an elementary school. There are all sorts of books–holiday books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, grade-level reading books, books to be read by an adult books. He or she has a large supply of books to tempt his or her pupil. There is a carrying bag near the books with crayons, markers, sentence strips, glue sticks, stickies, a student journal, construction paper, plain paper, and other assorted craft materials. These are probably used with the pupil in their tutoring session.

I also find a binder with the words CASA on it on the dining room table and folders with a child’s name on it. This person works as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in the Family Courts. This must be his or her court case file. He or she must love and care about children and their welfare very much to take up such a cause.

Well, I’ve learned quite a lot in this small, but cluttered room. I quite like the person who lives here. I can’t wait to meet him or her.

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About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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