In my classroom, I use Linda Rief's book, The Quickwrite Handbook, to spark writing for my students. And sometimes I use them for myself. For today's slice, I use this quickwrite and share my grandmother with you.
Remembrance For My Grandmother
I remember...I was with you the first time I ate a fresh peach,
Sitting in a swing at the cabin on the river
Juice running down my chin.
And I was with you when Janis and I
spent the night at your house
so mom could surprise us
with our new bedroom furniture.
And I was with you when you taught me
how to make homemade noodles
and apple pie and cocoa fudge
but they were never as good as yours.
And I was with you when you held
Megan in your arms
the start of the 4th generation.
And I was with you when I made you a quilt
with pictures of all 18 of your grandchildren
hand-stitched with love.
And I was with you when you smiled at me
when I came to the nursing home
not knowing my name
but knowing I belonged to you.
I wish I was still with you today.
Join Two Writing Teachers and other teacher-writers as we
share a slice of life during the month of March.