September 20, 2012 Writing 16

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I gaze longingly out the window, my eyes searching for the honeysuckle that hangs over the fence in the backyard. Memories of its sweet taste and smell fill my senses, overpowering the pomegranate scented dish soap. I sigh deeply as I scrub yet another unrinsed plate, a testament that my children have yet to oblige that particular request. I let my mind drift on an imaginary breeze, taking me within my stories, adding a new story line, as my fingers work unsupervised. Suddenly, I turn the faucet off, dry the sink, and stand back, satisfied with a job well done.


This week’s 100 Word Challenge was “Doing the Dishes.”

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16 Responses

  1. Kir Piccini says:

    I have been away too long and I apologize for that, because I read and then don’t click to comment, to tell you how your words..MOVE, EXCITE, MOTIVATE me. Every single time.

    and I stack the dishwasher more than I wash dishes these days, but oh when I do, I am living in another world all my own.

    I loved this.

  2. Eric Storch says:

    Mindless, mundane tasks that let the mind wander are a perfect way to work out a story glitch or come up with new ideas. Daydreaming to a remembered scent (olfactory memories are always the strongest) is awesome.

  3. Imelda says:

    I came across an Agatha Christie quote which says that the time to write is when one is doing the dishes. 🙂 I guess it is the singular benefit of dishwashing. well, apart from not having to eat in paper plates all the time.

  4. barbara says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with doing the dishes. On the one soapy hand it is a necessary evil. On the other it is a time to think, dream, and write . . . awesome!

  5. Carrie says:

    I used to hate dishes…but they do allow that moment of contemplation and imagination, don’t they? As long as the water is running “I can’t hear yoooooouuuuuu!!!”

  6. Angelia Sims says:

    I enjoy doing the dishes. Helps me relax. 🙂

  7. I like doing the dishes when it’s not a required chore. It’s the requirement that ruins it for me, but I should learn to get back to the Zen of it.

  8. A beautiful smooth narrative!

  9. deanabo says:

    This was beautifully written. When I was growing up we had honeysuckle growing around my house. This brought back that wonderful memory.

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