I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Write From The Soul 13

I heard on the national news last night that either yesterday or today is National Bubble Wrap Day. Bubble Wrap Day??? Sounds like something made up by one of those big-box stores as a way to get rid of the mass quantity of bubble wrap they bought before the holidays and then didn't sell or use!

In any case, it got me thinking about bubble wrap (obviously I didn't have any pressing matters on my mind) and I wondered....how many books have used bubble wrap in them? After all, it's definitely a versatile material. There must be endless uses for it.

There was only one book I could think of and it's a story I've written (of course!). Now mind you, bubble wrap isn't essential to the main story line BUT it does provide comic relief at a serious and difficult time for the main character.

Lest you think I'm obsessing over bubble wrap (and I'm NOT) there is a real reason I added it into my story of a visually impaired tween coming to terms with her disability and accepting the challenges the loss creates in life. As all of you know I am a visually challenged person- I like to refer to myself as a V.I.P visually impaired person- and during my last years as an elementary teacher, I frequently would knock into tables, trash cans, student chairs left out away from the desks etc.. One particularly frustrating day, I announced to my colleagues that I was simply going to wrap myself in bubble wrap so if I bumped into something, the air pockets would pop and I wouldn't be injured. They of course, just laughed. Two days later,  I rushed into the classroom, late because bad weather delayed my departure from home. I went to start up the computer to take attendance only to find that the monitor and keyboard were wrapped in bubble wrap! As I looked around, puzzled, I found my pencil, teacher guides, and whiteboard markers were ALL bubble wrapped. Then I looked up and saw several of my grade level colleagues peaking in the door to see how I was handling it. I guess they thought it was easier to wrap every thing else in bubbles than me.Not to mention, it would be a little tough to sneak up, wrap me, and surprise me with it!!!  When I started writing my children's book, that scene came back to me and I added bubble wrap into the story.

Soooooo.... does anyone know of any other books that include bubble wrap???? Let me know:-)
And Happy Bubble Wrap Day.


  1. Too funny! I think you've got the market cornered on amusing bubble wrap stories.

  2. I can't think of any, but it's the best babysitter around. I just give my youngest a sheet of bubble wrap and she pops it, bubble by bubble. The constant popping noise is a little annoying, however . ..


  3. Truth really is stranger than fiction (and funnier, too :-)

    Bubble Wrap Day rocks!

  4. Truth really is stranger than fiction (and funnier, too :-)

    Bubble Day Rocks!

  5. National Bubble Wrap Day...wow!