This was how my newest brother-in-law asked my youngest sister to marry him almost a year and a half ago. He took her to where they met, our elementary school, and they walked around it reminiscing while his sister quickly set this up on a chair near where we would all leave the school to walk home together.
He had promised her a cookie a few weeks earlier when she’d been craving them.
After opening the box and seeing this, she turned around to find him down on one knee.
Wake up early dawn
Don’t have time to complain here
Have to get to work.
Couldn’t sleep last night
Woke up before the sky brightens
Manage to smile.
Come home at the end
Kick off shoes and change your shirt
Pull on comfy tee.
Kick back, close your eyes
Breathe in and laugh out loud now
Keep eyes closed and smile.
Listen to the noise
Remember why you’re going
Hear heart memories.
This poem is less about me and more about my sister. She’s an awesome lady.
The girls gossiped all around him, wondering why he was there. He stood solitary and alone, far enough away that they could pretend he wasn’t the focus of their words. He stood straight and tall, he wasn’t about to let their poisonous whispers bother him. So he was different? So he would never really fit in?
There was more to life than being one of the crowd.
He could shine just fine all on his own.
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Watching the clouds go slowly,
Alone and yet not.
Life is what you make it, choose.
Time stands suspended,
Lights slow in movement, I see
Happiness is more.
Below the moon rests
People after day of work.
Dreams are so fluid.
Color glint spires
Twist up into the night sky
And guard the dreamers.
Took me a moment to think about it, but when I did I chose Mania Magee by Jerry Spinelli. It’s a book that one of my elder sisters first read to me when I was learning how to read chapter books way back in early elementary school. I have since read it every single year that I was in public schooling and the first few years of college.