I was rushing across the highway with my daughter in her stroller. The traffic was bad during the day so I was hurrying as fast as possible. Suddenly she threw something out of the stroller. It was a stuffed animal and I briefly slowed and scooped it up and continued running to get to the other side and safety.
When I got home I looked at the stuffed animal and realized it wasn’t ours. It had a price tag on it and I had never seen it before. I looked in the stroller to see what else she had helped herself to. Stolen is the the word, but she wasn’t even two years old and had no idea what she did was wrong. She wanted it, she took it.
I also found a candy bar in there. I was faced with a dilemma. Did I fight the traffic on the highway to run back to the store to return it or not. They obviously didn’t know it had been lifted by my quick fingered daughter since no one came after us and I was embarrassed not to mention having to fight the traffic again with her in the stroller tossing things out. I decided not to risk another trip across the highway.
The next time we were out in a store with her in the stroller I had to keep my eyes on her at all times. She did it again. She reached out and grabbed a pack of gum. “Oh no, little girl we aren’t doing this again,” I told her sternly. I made her take the gum and give it back to the lady at the register. I explained what she did to the woman and apologized, but my daughter fought me to keep that gum. She didn’t chew gum, but she just grabbed whatever she was near enough to. She didn’t understand what she did wrong at that point, but we had to start somewhere. And I had to pay closer attention to her and her quick, sneaky little fingers. She was our first kid and we had no idea what kids do. Daughter number two never got the chance to do it. We knew better after that.
Hey there! Welcome to the 8th annual Just Jot it January challenge! This year is going to be far simpler than the last couple of years. One prompt per day, link to that post, that’s it. Details below.
But why should you participate in this challenge? To keep the ol’ fingers warm and meet up with an awesome blogging community, that’s why! Just Jot it January, AKA JusJoJan, is a challenge to write a post every day of the month of January. We’ve grown from a handful of participants in 2014 to close to fifty for the past couple of years. Let’s see if we can make it to sixty this year!
Here are the JusJoJan Rules:
1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list), counts as a “jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!
2. I’ll post prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5). The prompt will be the word in quotation marks in the title of my 2am post. You don’t have to follow the prompt every day, but that will be where you leave your link for others to see. You’ll get a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday and on Saturday, when your prompt will be the Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS, which will appear at about 9:30am Friday. Each prompt post will include the rules.
3. Please ping back or link to the daily prompt. To ping back, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! Note: A) The newest pingbacks will be at the top of the comments section. B) Ping backs only work if you’re blogging on WordPress. Everyone else must paste a link manually.
4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.
5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!
6. If your post is NSFW, do not ping back. Please leave your link in the comments with a warning.
7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.
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