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How To Use An Eraser- Rubber to Erase All Your Mistakes in Life

Updated on October 28, 2012

My love affair with the end of a pencil

Who doesn’t love an eraser? When I grab for a newly sharpened pencil and it doesn’t have a solid eraser- I put it back. The ability to delete is as important as the ability to create. If only we could have erasers for life too- bad conversations, stupid choices, and unfortunate accidents.

As a writer, the eraser is my best friend. Just as much as that shiny tip of graphite, I want a big solid and soft eraser by my side. It gives me the confidence to write- knowing I can undo anything absurd or horrible that is put to paper. How many of us would jump over obstacles we are afraid of if we knew we could undo it with an eraser?

What if?

Imagine a big soft piece of rubber in your home. It sits by the door or your bed and waits patiently for you to make a mistake. When you do, you reach for it and rub it all over the stupid thing you just did. Magically- the ending is no longer the end, and you try again. This time- you go for another angle or a different way. The ending is different this time.

The truth is that a marking erased on paper doesn't full disappear. You can still see it lightly and often the paper is a bit crinkled. It's a reminder that you changed course mid-sentence, but that isn't a bad thing. We need erasers yes, but we need the crinkled paper to remind us of our errors too. It teaches us how to do things better in the future. We see that we have grown.

What would yours look like?

Would you have a neat little pink tipped eraser? How about a giant block of rubber? I used to love playing with the artist's erasers that could bend and move like putty. You could shape it into a teeny tiny eraser for the finest of details or use it whole on a big drawing mess.

If you're like me, you've ripped paper trying to erase too hard. In an attempt to rid yourself of any evidence of a mistake, you grind the paper into powder until there is just a hole. I promise the hole is more a problem than the original mistake.

Ode to the crazy erasers in life!

I think I am going to start an eraser collection. An eraser for every silly mistake and poor decision. I'm going to surround myself with rubber until I'm sure I can try anything in life. A collection of "mistake-fixers".

If you’ve read my hubs, you know that I live in a small house. Collections make me nervous quite frankly- especially when my husband’s obsession with books and tools threatens to overtake the one lonely closet in our house. But erasers are small objects with superpowers of deletion. Of course, an eraser collection may not prove to be a valuable asset like gold coins or baseball cards, but think of how many horrible novels you could write and erase if you collected the best and most badass erasers of all time?

So I'm on the hunt for the craziest erasers I could find. Next time you're stumped on what to give someone, buy them an eraser with a note about the powers of forgiveness and undoing mistakes.

Here are some of my favorites!


Red Rhino Eraser
- This bad boy is bright red and too big for a pencil. Perfect for those LARGE mistakes like arguing with a police office. I've never done it- I swear.


Delete Eraser- Awww, the keyboard is trying to make friends with old school erasers. Unity people- no need to compete!


Money Erasers- Perfect for those impulse buys you sorely regret the next day. Give one to your kids next time they blow their allowance on a jawbreaker that cost you $200.00 in dental bills.


Biscuit Erasers- Erase your late night binge on cookies and ice cream while watching the Bachelor. Who watches that show anyway? (cough cough)

This artist has a serious eraser obsession!
This artist has a serious eraser obsession!

Teach your kids

When school supply shopping comes around, use the opportunity to buy them a special eraser with a note from you expressing the importance of learning from their mistakes. You can do it for a spouse after a big fight or as a gag gift for someone who has a reputation for making dumb moves.

"The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser- in case you thought optimism was dead."

Grocery erasers with funny sayings!
Grocery erasers with funny sayings!

An Eraser Museum?

Only in Japan is there an entire museum dedicated to adorable erasers. If you are interested (or really need to undo a mistake), check out the gallery of images on the site. If you can think it up, there is probably an eraser for it.

Next time you pick up your pencil to write or draw, don't despair the eraser markings on your paper. They are monuments to learning and growing. That rubber works just as hard as the tip of a pencil to help you succeed.

-Julie DeNeen

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Thank you Kristy, Catgypsy, Beth, and Being Puneet... I've always been obsessed with school supplies :)

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      BethDW 5 years ago

      Such a cute and unique hub topic! Thanks for sharing :)

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      I loved this hub...all the great erasers and the whole message behind it! I have always been fascinated by the cute erasers they come up with and I think I may start a collection too...great idea. Really wonderful hub, Julie. I'm sharing this!

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      BeingPuneet 5 years ago

      Interesting hub you get there and the pics are really amazing...it would be a great experience to go to japan museum. Nyc

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a fun hub! An eraser for our lives - mine would be pink cause that's my fave colour :) I vote up and will share as well.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Excellent write! So enjoyed the ice-cream sandwiches!

      Hilariously talented write.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Julie, I loved this hub, who would have thought there is such a world of different erasers - I will never look at one in the same way again!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub with great photographs.

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      Dr Funom Makama 5 years ago from Europe

      Nice work... Thanks for the share..

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      I know- I love erasers cause they are so effective at deleting words! If only...

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      If it was as simple as that, as to erase our mistakes with an eraser. "Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience." Enjoyed your hub, voted up and interesting.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I have had a secret love affair with erasers since I was in kindergarden. I had a treasure chest of my favorite erasers under my bed. :) Loved this hub!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I really really liked this hub this morning! It was aperfect package for us to read! I liked the ice-cream sanwhiches....so cool! Voted this up and shared!

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      funny as! thank you !

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      we who walk on water need mistakes as a crutch :))

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Aren't you a hoot?! You'll never look at a pencil the same again. :)

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      I'm going to have trouble erasing this hub from my mind! LOL

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @howlermunkey- I found that and thought it was brilliant!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @melchi- it's a sign that I am a complete nerd :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Who would have thought a hub about erasers could be so fascinating? Really enjoyed reading this hub - great job! :)

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      I love the quote about optimism -- 7 inches vs a half inch eraser :)

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Thanks so much Josh!

      @billy- recovering from mistakes is almost more important than trying to not make them! A fruitless effort for sure!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Although funny hub Julie, it is very profound at the same time! If only erasers could fix our mistakes, but then life would be too simple! Where is the fun and adventure in that?

      Voted up and all the way down! And shared!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great hub! I'm still laughing. I'd need a super-sized eraser for all the mistakes I've made over the years...but part of the fun in life is finding a way to recover from the mistakes. Loved this hub, Julie; great job!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      well...um...when you're as type A as me- erasers mean something!! LOL

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      WhydThatHappen 5 years ago

      Funny article! You must take erasers a little bit seriously, huh?