Trashed Notebook

There was a discarded spiral notebook in a trash can outside my building. It lay there, looking quite pristine, except that it was near a greasy burger wrapper and some other unrecognizable food trash. Why would someone throw away a perfectly good notebook? is what I thought first. And then, Hey, I could use that notebook.

I hovered over the trash can, considering.

It occurred to me that the notebook might not be empty. It looked unused from the outside, but there was no way to be sure unless I dug in and opened it up. Someone could have confided their deepest secrets in there, written unsent love letters, scrawled a death threat, composed a poem. I wanted it; I wanted to see.

Then some woman crossed the street, dropped a wad of chewed gum in the trash, and walked off. I left the notebook for someone braver than me. Maybe, by now, someone’s got it cracked open, filled with words. Either that or the dumpster got it. I may have reached a hand in if not for the gum.

7 responses to “Trashed Notebook”

  1. What? You don’t like gum? Too bad, now I want to know, what, if anything, was in there? I think it’s a simple treat to just find someones shopping list.

  2. nova says:

    The gum was just the last straw. Really, it was the hamburger wrapper that grossed me out more than anything else!

  3. kuntrygurl says:

    I would have been to curious not to pick it up and open it. But the gum, probably would have stopped me.

  4. eMM says:

    I love your blog, been a silent for a long time. Hope you don’t mind me adding you to my links. Look forward to see you on my blog sometime! 🙂

  5. LK says:

    Maybe you should carry a set of Latex gloves, just in case you run into this situation again.

  6. nova says:

    I walked by the trash can this morning just to see… the notebook was gone 😦
    LK, the latex gloves seem like a good idea.

    Thanks so much for reading, eMM!!

  7. Pauline says:

    Maybe the notebook’s owner had a second thought and came back, after all!

%d bloggers like this: