high need for closure.

March 1, 2023

a label that pulls cleanly off the glass jar

a load of laundry where every sock has a match

a bag of rice that empties perfectly into the jar

a finished row of stitches as the doorbell rings

a final puzzle piece before bedtime

a chapter that ends as the subway doors open

a spot in the lunchbox for the last slice of apple

a squeezed-out toothpaste tube

a library book drop

a book deadline

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  • Reply Mackenzie March 1, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    “a label that pulls cleanly off the glass jar”. I feel this one deeply in my bones 🙂

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 1, 2023 at 3:49 pm


  • Reply Helen March 1, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    LOVE THESE. If I may add a few more…the perfect amount of leftovers to fill a lunch box, reusing old lumber for a new project, making time for a swim and realizing I needed that exact time to process a writing problem, combining two jars of rice, and sending some old kids clothes to someone who needs it right now.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 1, 2023 at 3:49 pm

      yes to it all, minus the swim, but replaced with a walk (best if you have to half run the last few blocks home to get your ideas down on paper!)

  • Reply cait March 1, 2023 at 5:28 pm

    Using up the shampoo!!!!

    • Reply Sunni March 8, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      Finishing the shampoo and conditioner at the same time 🙂

  • Reply Cristina March 2, 2023 at 6:22 am

    Loved this post!!

  • Reply ramona March 2, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Pulling into the garage at the end of the song on the radio…

    • Reply Moran March 5, 2023 at 4:47 am

      Yes! or the closing words of a podcast 🙂

  • Reply Lesley March 2, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Dropping large items at Goodwill.

  • Reply Rebecca March 2, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    I was so worried when I read the title that this might be your last blog post. I have loved your writing over the years and hope you stick around.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE March 2, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      Oh boy, in all things except this blog which I’ll just keep limping along! Slow and steady etc.

      • Reply mc March 4, 2023 at 4:10 pm

        I feared the same. Have been hopefully refreshing this page, crossing fingers that there’d be a new post. Your last line – a book deadline – reminded me to be patient 🙂

  • Reply Madz March 2, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Good luck with that deadline!!

  • Reply Moran March 5, 2023 at 4:46 am

    Ah, this list is like a textual ASMR <3

  • Reply Sara March 5, 2023 at 11:07 am

    Always so happy to drop here to something new. Your writing is like Spring: relentlessly sprouting fresh growth.

    If I may: a mending pile complete at the audiobook’s final chapter

    Also: keep going! I’m sure you’re doing spectacularly with the book even on the dark days.

  • Reply Amy March 5, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Good God. Yes. And finishing the last sentence just as the toddler starts to stir.

  • Reply Rita Antique March 16, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    I would love and so much appreciate if one day you could share your creative process with us. How is it to write a book, are there particular activities that spark ideas more? Share with us Erin!!

  • Reply Jolanta April 21, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Perfection…. does it exist!? Love it

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