Posts Tagged "grandmother"

where the road takes you

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

where the road takes you

The road to my grandparents’ house was the steepest climb I’d encountered. It wasn’t because I was young and the world seemed to maximize itself in front of my maturing eyes – it really was a steep hill. Each time mother’s blinker clicked to turn left after we exited the 15, her foot dug deep into the pedal just as my fingers sunk into the plush fabric of her white Mazda minivan.

They lived at the highest point of a private development in Escondido. The time my grandfather decided to buy his home, Escondido was nothing but a town of dust, cacti and outcast residents who couldn’t

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garden roses

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

garden roses

You sit on the table. You and your peach skin, soft and constantly opening. I savor your presence knowing you’re only here a while longer. In a while, you will shed all of yourself and die. Perhaps that is the way each of us comes and goes. Our little hearts, so tightly closed until we have no more effort left and must trust, open, surrender. Once we have, others enjoy our true nature. Your scent reaches me across the table. A ladybug lands on you. I open the windows and share you with the breeze. It is what spring gives us. Hope. Life.

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nana

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

nana

“How much did he drink?” I asked.  “You know, my Dad.  Was he always a drinker?”  Before she responded, I leaned in closer, sliding my elbow onto the counter and resting my chin on my hand. Nana brushed the damp sponge across the counter, collecting crumbs from the baguette we had eaten for lunch.  She turned her back to me, facing the sink, and turned on the faucet, bringing in noise and distraction to the silent room.

Nana was a woman of silence.  She was as mysterious as her perfectly white carpet that never seemed to have a stain anywhere.  That was the living room carpet. 

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