For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.
D is for Doodling
Do you doodle? Did you ever doodle? Boys’ name? Girls’ names?
Back in the days before stretchy, synthetic book covers, we covered our textbooks with brown paper bags. (I can still fold a fitted cover in minutes.) Those covers served as my doodling canvas. I’d doodle my name, hearts, cartoonish cats, bunnies, and other figures. On the inside page, where no one would see, is where I might doodle the name of my latest crush.
I seem to recall boys doodling too, but fewer bunnies and hearts and more Motley Crüe and Van Halen logos. Maybe a few drawings among the more talented artists. My husband confirmed for me that, yes, guys doodled too.
In Rightfully Ours, much to Rachel’s embarrassment, her younger brother exposes her doodling to Paul, with whom she’s shared a couple of kisses. Here’s the snippet:
Rachel’s eyes widened in horror as Paul glanced at the open notebook.
In Rachel’s neat, even strokes, it read, “Paul + Rachel” inside a hand-drawn heart with an arrow through it. Smaller hearts dotted the page, shaded with pencil and surrounded by wavy lines and flourishes. She had gone over the letters several times so that their names stood out on the page.
Just re-reading that makes me cringe as I recall the possibility of having a crush exposed in such a way!
Do you/did you doodle?
Have you ever been caught doodling something embarrassing?