Dixie Smith Smith1Dr. Jan RiemanEnglish 1103October 18, 2010
The Words That Persist
Before I actually sat down and assessed my writing log, I thought, Im going to seeseveral cyber writings (mainly text messages), some class notes, and a couple of writingassignments- school stuff. Boy, was I wrong! Turns out I utilize my pen and paper, or otherpaper-substitute material, way more than I assumed. It was a surprise, but an interestingone.It was just such a surprise when I counted up how many text messages I had sent over the past week- a whopping thirty-one. For real? Thats it? I mean, Id guessed Id havea least somewhere near fifty. I first thought that I wish Verizon had a smaller, thus cheaper,texting plan. But then I decided to take the high road andthink a little bit deeper. So Icontinued perusing my list: seventeen pages of notes, ten emails, two papers, and about ahundred Art History note cards to study by (thats my Art History professor for you),nothing really unexpected yet. However, it was as I drew closer to the end of my list that things got interesting. One written note to Daddy, reminding him of the upcoming collegepayment I need him to write a check for. Fifteen scribbled notes on my hand to remind meof various issues that I needed to deal with. A grocery list on the back of another receipt;how ironic. The building and room number for a professor I needed to pick-up a moviefrom, which is pretty ironic also now that I think about it because that particular note wasjotted down on the back of a movie stub. And the list went on, reciting all of the littlemeaningless notes that I cant manage without.