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Creative Writing Assignment

My Grandfather died last week. In his honor:
Tell me what you will miss when you die.

When I die, I will miss stepping out onto a street corner and feeling the fullness of my body unroll and stack up straight on the pavement, air against my skin, sunlight in my eyes.
I will miss a good shampoo, raking my fingers over my scalp.
I will miss singing. Feeling my voice vibrate through the thick resonant caverns of my body.
Deep belly laughs that ring out too loud in restaurants and make people turn around and look.
I will miss a good stretch.
Hugs with people who hug back big and tight and fearless.
Songs that make me need to get up and dance, regardless of circumstance (short list, that).
Making coffee: grinding the beans, pouring the water, listening to the water drip through the black grit, the smell the smell the smell

6 comments:

Karina said...

I am sorry to hear about your grandfather.

This is fantastic, I would like to eat these words whole.

Ashley said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, love. I heart you in a big way!!!

Phoenix said...

What a wonderful list - and what a wonderful way to honor your grandfather.

I am so sorry, Jen.

Lira said...

My condolences, honey.

Jenny Explaining it All said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather. Heart you.

jonas wunderman said...

I am really sorry to hear about your grandfather ... this post really moved me actually, really wonderful words and ideas. I will miss holding my son in my arms, but that's almost too unbearable to contemplate right now.

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