Monday, April 7, 2008

If Post It Notes Could Talk...

Believe it or not, we Post It notes have feelings. We live to have our itch scratched with pen or pencil. Everyone wants to feel needed, right? We’re no different, and I believe we’ve become extremely needed in society. I’ve got to say, though, that one of the scariest parts of fulfilling our role in life is…where in the world will our owners stick us?

Some Post Its have it easy. They get to sit around on a desk waiting to be used as reminders or messages. ‘Don’t forget to phone so and so’. ‘Mr.Whosit called’. Or even something cute like…‘Mom, I’m out of toothpaste and deodorant’ or ‘I love you, darling’. Sometimes they get to leave the house with a simple little list written on them. I must tell you, however, that a sweet friend of mine was taken to the grocery store and saw a dead body in the milk case. Poor dear hasn’t been able to stick to anything since.

Now that I’ve mentioned a dead body, I’ve got to tell you that some of us Post Its get used in much different ways. Take my owner, for instance. Miss Casey Alexander considers herself a savvy sleuth, but she wouldn’t be able to solve a thing if it weren’t for me. She crams me into her purse, painfully bending up my corners, and I live there until she yanks me out to write herself a note. And the notes she writes! Goodness. If my corners weren’t already bent, her messages would certainly make them curl. Murder suspects. Descriptions of dubious characters. Possible methods of foul play. At times it’s almost enough to melt the glue clean off my backside. I hang in there, though. And people have the nerve to call me yellow. I’ll have you know I’m Canary, thank you very much.

But I digress.

The locations Casey places me after writing her messages would make those fancy fluorescent Post Its turn pastel. I’ve been slapped onto windshields, dashboards, even stuck on someone’s face. Then she gathers all of me up and shoves me back into her purse until she needs reminders of the evidence she’s acquired. But I’d do it all again for the sweet Miss Lydia Alexander. Her death was a tragedy, and I would bend over backwards to help Casey solve the mystery of WHERE THE TRUTH LIES.

I do get to carry fun messages…like this one for instance:

Janelle Mowery began writing inspirational stories in 2001 and has since written several historical novels. One of those novels won first place in the San Gabriel Writers’ League ‘Writing Smarter’ Contest in 2005. Two other novels were finalists in ACFW’s Noble Theme Contest.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Janelle now makes her home in southern Texas. She and her husband of nineteen years have two teen sons. She hopes to encourage others and plant seeds of faith through her entertaining stories. Janelle and her family are active members of Sandy Point Bible Church.

Now, back to the business at hand. What about you? What stories could you tell about odd messages you’ve conveyed or weird places you’ve been stuck? Come on. Don’t leave me hanging here by myself. Open up and share your story, because as you know, we Post Its need to stick together.


Linda Kozar said...

Dear Janelle,

Post it notes? Post Mortem? Sounds like my kind of mystery!


Elizabeth Ludwig said...

You're hysterical, Janelle. Love the Post It note angle.

So what weird notes have I scribbled onto a piece of paper? Well, once I left a note for the cleaning lady that was supposed to read, "Please don't clean the bedroom, husband sleeping." What it actually said was, "Please don't clean the husband sleeping."

Yeah. Try explaining that to two little Vietnamese women.

Janelle said...

ROTFLOL. That's too funny, Lisa. I can just picture the two of them whispering together about it, then telling all their family and friends later. Don't you know you gave them plenty of laughs for days. LOL.

CHickey said...

I'll never look at post it notes the same again! Very funny.

Sandra Robbins said...

You are so funny, Janelle. Casey reminds me of a teacher who taught for me when I was a principal. She left me post-its EVERYWHERE!. Whenever I left my office, I was sure to check my desk chair for the latest note when I got back. I didn't want to run the risk of parading down the hall with a post-it attached to my hind quarters.

Sandra Robbins

Janelle said...

LOL! That's hilarious. Well, depending on what the note would say. (g)

Marcia Gruver said...

Too cute, Janelle!

Notes? I used to leave my stepson notes to read after school. I had a hard time figuring out how to sign them because he was very sensitive toward his real mom's feelings as far as the title went. I finally settled on:

Your Parental Unit.

He loved it. I still do it today in emails and letters.

Janelle said...

That's sweet, Marcia. He's a lucky kid.

Mary Connealy said...

I always hope that whoever invented the Post It notes got rich. They are so handy.

And the person who invented gift bags, too. What a great idea.

And now Post Its help solve crimes. It was only a matter of time.

Great post, Janelle

Susan Sleeman said...

Hey Janelle,
For a great post it note prank check out this picure.
I only recommend viewing this because you don't live in the same state as my car, and well, after all the recent rumors that I've read, I'm sure my car would not be safe.

Janelle said...

Oh, my goodness, Susan! That's hilarious. Hmmm. Ideas are zipping. Hey, Lisa. Didn't you say you wanted a canary colored vehicle? LOL.

Jess said...

Great post, Janelle. I love post-its. And I've discovered index card post-its so I'm in heaven!

Elizabeth Ludwig said... giving Janelle ideas, Susan. She's quite the prankster as it is! I can just see my new Hummer covered in POST ITS!! LOL!

Oh, and did anyone else ever have a co-worker who wouldn't tell you things to your face, they'd just leave little Post It note messages all over everything?

Me either.

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