Weekly photo challenge: Letters – a well travelled shopping list

There's a story here!

There’s a story here!

A random shopping list

This is a random shopping list which my daughter inadvertently took back to England after a brief visit home to Australia a while ago.  She found it, many months later,  and used it in her Instagram #100daysof happy post, as it gave her a sense of happiness.

How random is that?  I somehow don’t think it was worth taking all that way but then I think that if it gave her a feeling of connection to me over on the other side of the world, then yes it was worth it!

As she says:

Finding a random shopping list in mum’s handwriting that weirdly made it back with me from Aus. #missing home

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters – click here for more details and to see other posts on the subject. I like the wording of the challenge from The Daily Post and once again I seem to have taken it fairly literally:

For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters — no matter the alphabet. You can capture a neon sign, a sentence scribbled in an old phone booth, a random letter that’s seemingly out of place, or anything else. As you look through your lens, think about how your image might convey something bigger: a snapshot of how we communicate with one another, even if we don’t speak the same language.

Letters are everywhere and sometimes it is more the connection they create than the actual words they make.

Deb x

Sharing for #Lifethisweek 6/51

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  One thought on “Weekly photo challenge: Letters – a well travelled shopping list

  1. April 27, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    That’s nice it made her feel connected! It’s funny the little things we don’t really think make an impact and they really do!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Yes Connie, that’s so true, it made me smile when I saw her comments. Love those ‘little’ things.


  2. April 28, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Very Sweet!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. April 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Great story with a unique shot!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jemma Jones
    April 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I have also seen this #100daysofhappiness on Instragram – I have thought about taking part; but I don’t think that I could have 100 days in a row of happiness…

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      It sounds like a nice idea doesn’t it – making sure you look for and find some little piece of happiness every day? Not necessarily happy days but happy moments.


    • April 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for mentioning my blog in your post 🙂 your blog is looking great.


  5. May 2, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Oh I love this shopping list note. I enjoy finding old stuff, especially written, when I do laundry. These small notes bring back moments where they were important.
    Cool post, Deb.


    • May 2, 2014 at 6:45 am

      Thanks Evelyne, I appreciate your comment. It was a lovely moment to share.


  6. May 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I find this moving, as the handwriting we use when we are not thinking about making it pretty (like on a greetings card) is so natural and part of us. I keep bits of writing people have scribbled, and over the years it just means more!

    Terrific post!


    • May 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words. You are right – we do write differently when it is for a different purpose and shows a part of us. It was a lovely moment when I found out just how my daughter felt when she discovered this random list.


  7. April 2, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Ah, y’know – I do things like this too. Mostly out of forgetfulness, but also partly out of wanting to retain a connection with home. I’m a Scotsman living in England right now!

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 2, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks for the visit Raymond! It was really funny at the time 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • April 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm

        Haha. Thank you 🙂 – yes. I’m sure that will happen to us in the future when our son leaves home

        Liked by 1 person

  8. February 11, 2019 at 11:02 am

    How sweet that your shopping list gave your daughter a feeling of connection to you across the miles. Thanks, Deb, for sharing this. #lifethisweek

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 11, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Yes Natalie, it’s a lovely simple thing that connected us across the miles. Thanks 😊


  9. February 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    It’s interesting what connects us over space and time, isn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 11, 2019 at 5:56 pm

      It sure is Vanessa! This sort of thing always makes me happy.


  10. February 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I loved that she kept it, that she shared it, and that it reminded her of you. I also liked that there was lactose free milk on the list – I’ve been going lactose free lately to see if it helps my dry “old lady cough” xx

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  11. February 12, 2019 at 4:30 am

    I’m with your daughter on how shopping lists or anything handwritten bring powerful waves of nostalgia up inside me. In this world of e-everything and highly stylized and glossy hardcopies of things that aren’t digital, holding a piece of paper with handwriting on it is quite special.
    SSG xxx

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    • February 16, 2019 at 8:49 am

      It really was so special. Thanks for sharing your thoughts xx


  12. February 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I believe we share our life beyond “life” when we have what is in writing. I was never particularly close to my mum (or dad really) but Mum wrote a few letters to me that mean the world to see and remember and she hand wrote recipes that I still have in my cook book. Dad, who is still alive, is a prolific writer but has slowed down. The connections we have with family via the “marks on the paper” are more significant in these days of tablets and iphones. As a K-2 teacher at heart, I have always loved seeing little kids writing get started and I even have some little vids I took of my 2nd youngest granddaughter when she was with me 3 days a a week in 2014. Watching her examine this thing that is a thick pencil and then giving it a go aged around 18 months. Best!

    Thanks for sharing on Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is: 7/51. Self-Care: Share Your Story. #1. 18/2/19. Denyse

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