Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Scribblings~#240 Friction

Do not know why, but the first thing that came to mind when I saw the prompt, was Oprah show where Gayle and Oprah took their latest trip together and went camping.

The word camping has so many different elements that remind me of friction.

Trying to start a fire from scratch by rubbing sticks together through the use of friction, in hopes that a spark will manifest itself and voila, fire.

I went camping when I was younger with my seventh grade class and I remember the friction that started between people when we tried to put our tents up. The seasoned campers became utterly frustrated that the rookies couldn't seem to get the concept enough to get the tent in standing position and well it took longer than it was suppose to.

Storage of food always seemed to set off friction as well. One incident that I remember vividly was a girl who was in a tent next to us would eat candy bars late in the night and would not finish them. Instead of wrapping them up and sealing them in a bag, she always managed to leave them on the floor of her tent. We woke up one morning to three tents in a row full of ants because of her carelessness.

The loud playing of music, fighting over the showers and activities that were required of us were a great source of friction.

In writing this I wonder, did the friction seem more than it really was, because we were in seventh grade? Middle school age? A whole another topic for friction within itself.

See more Sunday Scribblings about friction here.


  1. Yes, no... probably due to age, impatience, the newness of the experience. Much friction on those early camp outs.

  2. I know a lot of people that agree with you about camping...there is friction but oh what a lovely friction it least in my mind..good post.

  3. I've never done camping but it sure sounds like fun from what you've just described :)

  4. This is almost a life metaphor! So true... the true character of a person comes out during a camping trip! Well done! I really enjoyed this one!

  5. No. We had the same camping experiences when we were fully grown. You're so right: camping involves a lot of friction.

  6. I like how you used the prompt to reminisce..very creative..Jae :)

  7. This is the sort of friction that builds character! Probably for the brave adults who hosted this trip as well! :)

  8. you know i have always loved camping, but this all sounds like way too much hastle!

  9. Do not get me worng, I love camping a lot! Yes, there is friction, but in the end it does not outway the positive aspects of camping and the friction can also make it exciting and bring people closer.

  10. smart take..
    love your style.

    signed in to follow your blog,
    welcome following us back.
    Happy Tuesday!
    your talent rocks.


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