Tuesday, April 9, 2013

From Left to Write: Afterwards


Tall black rubber rain boots, navy chino shorts, topped with a nearly too small Pok√©mon t-shirt.

Utilizing her new skill, she pulls her hair back into a low ponytail, heading for the screen door.

Metal on metal sounds as she slides the worn screen door open, calling out, “I’m coming, Dad!  Wait for me!”

Rain boots making her tiny feet look and sound bigger than they are race across the deck as her ponytail dances on her shoulders, absolutely tickled with delight to help her Dad with yard work.

An audible gasp escapes my lips, caught in one of those rare moments when life simultaneously stands still and flashes forward.

She’s a decade older, a sixteen year old girl a few feet from me, embracing life, even the simple moments.

I couldn’t tear my eyes from the little girl in front of me or from the teenager I’ll one day meet.

She’s burned into my heart now.

Looking forward to when the two girls will become one, but for now, I’ll hold on to the li’l girl and her small hands that still look for encouragement and guidance a while longer.
 
 
This post was inspired by the novel Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton. After witnessing her children's school set ablaze, Grace attempts to find the arsonist as her teenage daughter lies in a coma in Lupton's suspense thriller. Join From Left to Write on April 11 as we discuss Afterwards. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

12 comments:

  1. Treasure each single moment!!!

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    1. I definitely try! Most days, the time goes so much faster than I'd like.

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  2. What a sweet post! I love the imagery.

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    1. Thanks, Jodifur! That image caught my breath and I feel like I'm still holding it. :>

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  3. Those moments seem so fleeting, don't they?

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    1. Yes! It makes me wish I could hold on to them in a tangible way. But, since that image isn't going anywhere fast, I'll hold on to that for awhile instead. :>

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  4. Chilhood goes by so fast. If only we could stop time whenever we wanted/needed to.

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    1. So true. If there was a remote control, I would be hitting the pause button quite often these days!

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  5. Oh! I teared up a little bit. So lovely!

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  6. You are blessed to have such a wonderful family!

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    1. They certainly make me smile - thanks! :>

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