The 52 Lists Project #16

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september2015 132List your essentials:

Well, I am – perhaps erroneously – taking this to mean the things I would need if stranded on a desert island, or stuck in a bomb shelter, prison cell or other such isolated environment. If that’s the case, here:

  • My eyeglasses.
  • Books. I’ll need some poetry: Emily Dickinson, Marge Piercy, Mary Oliver, e.e. cummings and Billy Collins should do. For prose to read and re-read, I want E.B. White, Maxine Hong Kingston, Evan S. Connell and Annie Dillard.
  • Paper and Pencils. Lots! And a pencil sharpener, because writing or drawing with a dull pencil gets tiresome very quickly.
  • A deck of cards. Or a handful of dice. Or both. I have seen myself through many lonely winter evenings playing solitaire, so it’s good to have them on hand.
  • A toothbrush. Plenty of dental floss. A good toenail clipper and a set of tweezers.
  • My little dog. If all contact with family and friends was lost, it would be especially¬† comforting to have Rosa Parks with me.

Now, if I am to consider that I’m not stranded somewhere, isolated from the world, then I will add:

  • A computer, for keeping in touch with friends and family (who, it goes without saying, are essential to my happiness), for online Scrabble, Google – for when my memory fails me – and all of the other wonderful things that a computer does.
  • Coffee. With cream. Because, boy, I have been suffering without it while stuck on that imaginary desert island!
  • Chocolate. Dark. With Almonds and Sea Salt. Or, just a dark chocolate Dove bar. Though I’m already wishing for those almonds…
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