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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Seeking the Story

Today marks the anniversary of my grandmother's death. She battled leukemia. It was a long time ago, but like most life changing experiences, it feels like it just happened.
I remember in one of my last classes in college, a writing class, we read an article (my professor was the author) called, The Writer's Eye. His daughter crying was the photo that accompanied the article. I wish I could remember his name. I can see the xeroxed copy so clearly, his daughter's pouty lip and big tears, she might have been three in the photo. The article was an important piece that was a resource to our final project.
Our final paper was suppose to be a personal narrative to share with the class our last day. I remember toiling over what to write, probably because I knew what I needed to write about, however I was fighting the urge. I did it though. I wrote the story of my grandmother's last day. Every detail I could remember. The sensory detail was thick and tear provoking. I remember writing it, revising it, rewriting it, and finally reading it in class as everyone was silent. I remember feeling the healing that took place after the whole experience was over.
Today all I could think about was that piece of writing. How I wanted to read it, but I can't find it. It's really bothering me. I can only assume it is probably because I am afraid that maybe I have forgotten something, something important. I hope I find the story. I hope I can find that article too.

6 comments:

  1. I so hope you find the piece. How brave you were to share a story so close to your h eart! I'm glad you felt healing in the writing.

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  2. Oh, I can really feel for you. I hope so much that you can find those precious things. Good luck!

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  3. I'm sorry that you are unable to find the piece. Hope it turned/turns up.

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  4. I think on some level I've always know that writing could be healing on some level, but this SOL challenge has proven it more than once. I'm sorry you haven't found the pieces you wanted to read, but maybe remembering is just as important. Good luck in your search.

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  5. I missed this yesterday, how could that be (I always look for you). I know that feeling of searching and wracking your brain for where it could be. You really got that feeling across in this.

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  6. What a powerful writing prompt you were given that day ...and what a testament to the healing power of writing! Thank you for sharing.

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