In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt:
“Imagine All the People.”

The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like.


I was shopping at Joanne’s for some scrapbooking supplies. I was contemplating a set of writing pens, when I saw a lady down the aisle flipping through the chalk supplies. She had a number of items in her arms to buy, they were things a child would use for crafting. I mentioned to her that I had seen some scrapbooking videos with artists painting with chalk and water. She mumbled something and kept looking, said she didn’t find what she wanted. These chalks were more for the older artist.

A few aisles down, I found another source of chalk supplies. They were made for children. I went back to the pens, but she was already gone. She seemed picky about what she wanted. If she had seen the chalk kits for children, I think they would have been in her arms already. I wasn’t sure if she was buying for her children, or getting ready to go to a party, but she seemed a little too focused and not in a festive mood. It would have made my day to help her find the perfect chalks to buy, but apparently it wasn’t the right time.

I couldn’t settle on a pen set, so I bought a bottle of Mod Podge and headed to lunch. I had a date with a Sudoku puzzle. I was having twice the fun, in every blank space in the Sudoku book I was doodling little pieces of art. My collection was growing and calling out to be collaged. Any day now and I would be Mod Podging pages in my first art journal.