Day 11 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – sinking sand beneath my feet
OBJECT – jacket
I can’t shake the memory of mother at my graduation, the smell of whiskey on her breath as she kissed me, the way she held my hand until it hurt, the strange expression on her face, a cross between pride and disbelief.
Almost as if a part of her knew I’d pull it off.
But another part struggled to accept it.
Dad in his tweed jacket that smelled of mothballs, the one that had seen better days.
The image burns into my brain, like closing your eyes in bright light and seeing a kaleidoscope imprinted on the back of your eyelids.
But I’ve finally made it.
Even though the daily grind of going to lectures and holding a night job became overpowering.
Towards the end, fatigue became my daily accomplice, wrapping her arms around me, dragging me along, until I was beyond exhaustion, almost beyond rational thought… and every step felt like sinking sand beneath my feet.
Akin to a drugged condition as my tired, wobbly legs weighed me down during the daily struggle that never seemed to end. That’s just what it felt like, walking in sinking sand. Never knowing if the earth would give way underneath me and I’d struggle, arms flailing, to remain upright. Lurching off one way then another like an odd tee-totaling drunk.
We co-existed… fatigue and I… until the bitter end.
Now I’ve moved on.
The kaleidoscope patterns have shifted… to reveal colors that are bright and promising.