“Make a list of your associations to the word ‘lines,'” read the writing prompt in “The Awe-Manac,” by Jill Badonsky. It was to be a rapid fire listing, and here is mine exactly as it developed.
First thought: in elementary school we formed lines on the playgrounds (two separate playgrounds: one for boys, one for girls) to enter the building in the morning, after recess, for the afternoon session. (We went home for lunch.) In the classroom we formed lines to go out to recess, to leave for lunch, and for dismissal
When I was teaching, we had our students line up for specials, lunch, and dismissal. When it was time to go home, I would line the kids up before the bell and then stand there chatting with them. Out of my twenty-seven years of teaching, one year I had such a challenging class that when I stood there with them I actually prayed (silently) for the strength to go back in the next day!
Waiting in lines: for tickets, for admission to an event, to board a plane
Lines in my face
Having lines in palm read
Lines in a play or poem
Lines of a song recalled from early childhood
Clothes line: I always loved hanging up the wash outside. My mother would caution, “You have to get the clothes off the lines by 4 o’clock because that’s when the dew rolls in off the reservation,” a heavily wooded area nearby.
Lines: learning to park between them- or not
Sign on the dotted line.
Do not write below the line.
He’s giving you a line.
Party line : one political, the other , shared telephone lines in the 40’s and 50’s and even into the 60’s in rural areas. When I was in fifth grade I got into BIG trouble when I wouldn’t get off the line for a neighbor’s “emergency.” I knew she was just saying that!
Cross the line.
Draw the line.
” I Walk the Line” Johnny Cash
“What’s My Line?” Old TV show
(Take a simple word such as paper, table, chair, and try your own list. It’s fun!)
© Dorothy C. Judd
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