The Theme Game: Paper

Cootie Catcher

This week’s theme of paper has not fit in easily with the drafting of a cohesive story. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of people who do clever paper crafts with their children but I’m not one of them! When I think of paper, these are the things that occur to me:

  • I once trained to be a periodical journalist. Yes, I was destined for a career monopolised by the written word on the pages of a magazine. I had it in my head that a job as a ‘Features Editor’ would have rocked my world, but it wasn’t to be.
  • Confetti. Yes I once got married (twice actually). There was confetti.
  • Cootie Catchers (see above), remember them? Just about the only piece of pseudo-origami I’ve ever mastered and only because it was a great way of getting through a boring maths lesson at school! I’m just sad that I don’t have a daughter to pass this gem of a childhood time-waster down to (along with cat’s cradle and French skipping)
  • The much vaunted ‘paperless office’. Yup, I work in one of those (so how come there is so much shredding I have to ask myself?) and then I try to imagine an office with no computers (and probably a lot of cigarette smoke) – how times have changed…
  • And finally, the advent of the e-book – yes I have a Kindle (two actually) and yes, the technology exists to make the experience of reading off a screen more like reading from a paper page, but where is the artefact? Where is the art? Where is the joy of flicking through the pages, the smell of fresh print, the vibrancy of a well-designed cover? No screen will ever replicate those experiences and if it does? We’re all doomed!

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19 thoughts on “The Theme Game: Paper

  1. There’s room for both I say! I never knew those things were called cooties-my daughter has been making them at school in maths and reminded me of them but I never knew what they were called. Thanks for sharing with #TheThemeGame

  2. Wow, I had no clue those were called Cootie Catchers (and frankly I’m glad lol)! Used to love those and would feel perfectly fine teaching them to my boys actually, not necessarily girly at all. I love paper, am a bit of a stationery nut and can’t resist buying journals. I’m a trained journo too, but blogging’s more fun eh? Really enjoyed this post. #AllAboutYou

    • I guess its fine for boys too – I was thinking of the girly Q&A or dares that were written inside! I love a pretty notepad I bought myself one recently as a place to put all my thoughts for the blog and yes – it probably is much more fun because you can write about whatever you want! Thanks for your comment X

  3. Fab post, the vottie catcher bring back memories – we actually made loads of brightly coloured ones for our wedding to put the confetti in, so it turned into a slightly random game at the reception! Was fun remembering how to make them! I worked in paperless office too and agree with the shredding, bizarre! Great post, very funny 🙂 xx #thethemegame

    • cootie catcher is ridiculously American isn’t it? I don’t think we used to call them anything either but I’ve got that term from somewhere! (you can Google it and everything!) Thanks for hosting All About You!

  4. The ‘cootie catchers’ saved my siblings and I from hours of boredom when we were young and growing up in West Africa with no tv! It’s saved the day a few times on a rainy afternoon with my own boys too! Loved reading this #AllAboutYou

  5. Gosh, I had no idea they were called cootie catchers! Used to play with boys and girls when I was a kid, but honestly can’t remember how to make them now! And add one more thing to your list – correspondence! It makes me sad that texts, emails or ecards are replacing letters and cards, there is nothing like holding on to the memory of someone through seeing their handwriting, or little clips of articles, confetti or pressed flowers added in as a surprise. Thanks for linking to #AllAboutyou

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