Say the three-year-old’s teeth don’t get brushed.
Say the dog doesn’t get a walk.
Say you forgot the sunscreen. Again.
Say you put on the sunscreen even though you didn’t. Not everywhere.
Say it is cancer.
Say it isn’t.
Say you don’t want to know, but only to yourself.
Say she tells you anyway.
Say you listen.
Say you wait for the do-something trigger, the I’ll-fix-it reflex.
Say it never comes.
Say you feel like you’re floating on an enormous ocean, no land in sight.
Say you’re fine with that.
Say you’re lying.
Say you don’t post on your blog today.
Say you think it’s impossible to write anything meaningful ever again.
Say you can’t get it out.
Say you lost your words.
Say you’re relying too much on other people’s words.
Say I’m your everyday friend.
Say her mom died. Now she’s motherless.
Say you don’t know anything about that yet.
Say you’re afraid you’ll say the wrong thing so you don’t say anything at all.
Say the lights never come back on.
Say the Gates of Heaven close and leave me on the other side.
Say heaven is in her sticky yogurt hair and her crusty milk mustache.
Say heaven is in her little twin bed, holding hands while the fan blows our lips dry.
Say her smile is like a bright neon sign.
Say her hair is like a silk carpet.
Say his voice is like a salve.
Say this is enough.
Say it is generous – it is everything.
This post is part of the Reverb 14 December daily writing challenge, a series of reflective writing prompts designed to help let go of 2014 and move into 2015 with intention. Today’s prompt is: Look back at the last year and consider: How did generosity open your heart? How can you cultivate generosity in the coming year?