Mrs. Rodstrom's List Creative Essay by Nicky

A short story about a woman losing her to-do list.
# 149931 | 1,500 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2012 in English (Creative Writing) , Criminology (Public and Crime)

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This intense story tells of a woman's self-fulfilling prophesy of having a bad day when she thought she lost her grocery list. The main character, Mrs. Rodstron, goes to the grocery store and realizes she does not have her usual list. This simple problem spirals into an unexpected climax based on the lost but then retrieved list. It ends by echoing the opening lines of the story, by stating that the lost list was an omen of the perfectly horrible day Mrs. Rodstrom was about to set out to have.

From the Paper:

""First, I will get laundry detergent," she whispered to herself as she piloted the cart toward the isle of the supermarket that held cleanings supplies in their green, blue, and red bottles marked with cheerful advertising and wording that encouraged the customer to buy, buy, buy. Mrs. Rodstrom had to try to hide her nervously shaking wrist and her index finger that tapped, tapped, tapped on the cart handle; she was unaccustomed to shopping without a list and unaccustomed to shopping without a plan. Briskly, she whisked a green bottle of their usual detergent off the shelf and dropped it with a light, "clunk" into the cart. Having completed the task, she stood with one slim finger perched on the cart's handlebar and her body facing another direction, trying to discern what to do next, what aisle of the store to visit. Her navy blue skirt billowed around her legs and her white, button-down shirt neatly tucked into the waistband, she looked a bit like an overly feminine sailor lost at sea. "

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