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The Story of a Magic Slate

Updated on November 9, 2016

This is one story I never told anyone before, not even my parents how I manage to get the Magic Slate that I really want my whole life to do its magic.

I was just eight years old then, the year was 1996 when this Magic Slate came into my little life. If you tell a kid who lived her whole life in a remote town far away from the city lights about magics, she will surely believe it.

A group of young adults selling these art materials and other school supplies came into our classroom. My other classmates started to giggle and chatter about what they want because they're pretty sure that their parents will definitely buy a thing or two.

These kind of things sometimes pressure other kids who were poor and can’t afford any additional expenses but wants to be "in" with a certain group. Kids, especially boys who don’t buy were shut away and bullied by others.

Then one of the guys introduced this square-shaped drawing cardboard box or what they called the "Magic Slate". He said it can do Magic and will be the envy of every kid in the neighborhood. A magic slate is a drawing device, a reusable one made with board and sheets of paper. You can draw and write on it then lift the page to erase as many times as you want.

He demonstrated how this shiny thing does the trick. He wrote and drew things and then when he lifted up the top sheet, his writings were gone or rather it was erased. He said you don't need an eraser anymore and a pen because this cardboard comes with a pointed stick too.

Imagine the eyes of the third graders piercing through the thin sheet of the slate. It was the first time we actually saw the slate and even witnessed how it works its magic. It was the most beautiful thing I have seen.

Those who are sure to buy, gave their name so one magic slate can be reserved on their name. I feel happy and this time, I would really ask my mom to buy one. I would really love to have one.

Honestly, it was my problem. I am afraid to ask for things. It's not because she would scold me but it’s because I don’t want to see my mom sacrifice an amount for something that I just "want". We were not poor actually; my mom was also working that time. And our life is just plain simple since we are living outside the city.

Maybe there's something wrong with me?

I prepared my speech on my way home. I am not a whiner but I have some technique that I used from time to time to get what I want without feeling guilty. So during dinner, I started to speak.

"Hey, mom? I remembered something. There was this new material sold at school today. It was called a Magic Slate and it’s very beautiful. You draw and write on the slate and when you lift the sheet; all your writings will disappear. I think all the kids at school will buy tomorrow."

My mom paused for awhile. "How much is that?"

"It's only twenty five pesos," I answered.

Another pause.

"Why do you need one?" she asked.

I did not see the question coming and I don’t have a prepared answer for this. She's right, do I really need to have a Magic Slate at this time? What are the advantages of having one? I can also write and draw on used bond papers.

"Besides it's expensive, these slates won’t last for some time, I've seen this thing," she continued. "I will just bring home a bunch of used bond papers for you to write tomorrow. I have so many bond papers in the office. And besides, I don’t have my salary until the end of month."

Well, I knew it. I thought to myself. I always get a NO as an answer. What language is that anyway?

Kinda guess I will have to say goodbye to the Magic Slate tomorrow. It's no use using my technique, she got a valid reason and a point.

I dreaded for tomorrow to come. I will be the only outcast.

But it turns out I'm not the only one whose parents said NO. My classmates started to scribble here and there on their new slate and all I could do was watch their eyes twinkle every time the point of the stick touches the soft slate.

Due to the determination to have one, I planned to create my own slate at home. I used a thin sheet of bond paper, a black and white crayon, a candle and a used thin sheet of plastic cover of my old notebooks. As many other inventions come to life, I had too, one failed result. But I did not give up.

After seeing the results, I come to conclusion that the white crayons must be etched first followed by the black one. You have to have a thick color for the slate to last. Then for the final coating, I gently wiped it with the white candle for a glossy finish and in order for the plastic cover not to stick on the paper.

I stapled it and used a twig to write and draw. And I am very happy to see the fruit of my labor. I lifted the plastic and voila! The entire drawing erases and disappeared.

I draw and write again to my heart's content. The slate I made was not as beautiful as the one my classmate bought but it will also give you the same magic. I only used it after school when I am done with my homework to scribble and enjoy the product of my hard work.

After some time, my mom asked me, "Do you still want a Magic slate? I could drop at the bookstore to buy you one".

But I just smiled. "No mom, it's okay."

You might be disappointed to know that the one I made did not literally do the magic I'm talking about on the first sentence of this story. In fact the magic I am talking doesn’t mean sparks and glitters.

This magic is about unleashing your creativity inside to make something new, to create something out of much simpler things to form one extraordinary result. I realized at that young age that if you have the determination and the goal towards something, you will definitely reach success.

So after that, I manage to just work on my own for the things I want like my hobbies. I created dolls with dresses to play with, a handgun made of wood with a bullet of small prickly cactus, a toy car made with small plywood and a round flip-flop as their tires, another gun-like toy made with small bamboo with bullet made with wet paper, a deck of cards (small square-type of cut papers) which has drawings, and other small things to play with.

I also made a children book with short stories I personally wrote based on my experiences, dreams and wishes or those I have heard and read. It was my ambition to become a writer then.

The story is not about having the material luxuries of life nor about how she got the no answer from her parent but this is about a tiny spark of dream that turns into a reality for an eight year old girl who changed the way she sees things. She did not see the no as a negative sign but she turns it into a motivation that fuels her passion to create something new.

I also realized that as you grow up, these things don’t fade within you. It's up to you on how you will react on things that doesn’t go on your way. If you can't change the way things were in your life, then change the way you see things in your life. Even small things can teach us a lesson that will help us understand the why’s and make even better choices in life, if not now, but later on.


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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Every individual sees life from a different point of view, great hub with an interesting thought

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Aww I loved this!

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful and inspiring! I really enjoy reading your story. You are a very smart person and your mother must be very proud of you. :-)

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      It's good to see you writing again. I always look forward to your hubs. This was magical, and heart warming, and with a wonderful lesson about life. Excellent! :-)

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is a valuable lesson learned that stayed with you throughout your life. Necessity is the mother of invention, and you proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Good work!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An incredible story concluded with an invaluable lesson! I enjoyed reading your wonderful story from the start till the end! I agree with your final wise words. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Magic after all! Look at all you created. You made the idea work for you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved your story, funny how we remember about events in our childhood. We don't always need what we want, you proved that. Thank's for sharing...

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      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful story and voting up for sure. Here's wishing you a great day too.


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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This is a beautiful story with a valuable lesson. Thank you so much for sharing it! Well done!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A lovely story with a good moral. So often we think we need something when we can just use our imagination a little and we have created something that is just as satisfying.

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      5 years ago

      This was so poignant. Beautiful! As an outcast child growing up in a single-parent household where funds were tight I was constantly faced with the guilt of wanting and the word "no". Unfortunately, my story did not have such a happy ending or great moral outcome, but I do believe this tale would do well to be read by everyone, parents and kids alike. Thank you for such an inspiring lesson and sharing a part of yourself! (^_^)

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi spy my friend you have been undercover for a bit, nice to see you around again. Thanks for this very beautiful read i enjoyed every moment of it . :-)

      Vote up and more !!!

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      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      My wonderful spy.. this is beautiful.. you are a great writer .. my dear.

      this story touches every part of my soul .


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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful message Spy. Great tale of creativity, dreams and reaching our potential....loved it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Spy, it's so great to hear from you again! What a lovely tale of inspiration. Use your imagination and passion to reach for the stars and achieve your dreams. BTW, I used to have one of those Magic Slates when I was a little girl. An Etch-A-Sketch, too. That was fun. You made designs by turning knobs, which would draw lines. When you wanted to start over you simply shook the device and what was there would disappear.

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      Michele Travis 

      5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Fantastic hub! You are a very good writer and the way you write is not only interesting, it keeps the reader wanting to read more.

      Some people give up early in life, but you didn't. The message you gave to us, is that if you keep trying you will succeed.

      Thank you for writing this hub.

      Voted up

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      What a lovely true account of your passion for writing and I am glad you used the "Magic Slate" to get your point across, as we can all make magic from our hearts and pouring them out onto the pages. That is so wonderful you knew from such a young age your passion in this life, and this is writing. And you have done so beautifully here in this write.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice hub!

      I totally got engrossed in your story and I agree with the theme of your hub, especially your last paragraph---change the way, you see things.

      Well done, thanks!


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