Thank you for smiling back to me today. Your smile turned my day around. I know it wasn't much to you, but to me it meant everything. I don't know your name and you don't know mine, I guess we never will.
I was sitting there, waiting, waiting for nothing, nothing in particular. The weight of the world had become such a burden that I could stand no longer. I could barely lift my back from a stoop. The air felt thick, the world was grey.
I had been looking at my shoes. My shoes were worn, red once, now kind of pink and brown with the stitching undone. The water from the rain had saturated them and my toes were cold and wet, but I could no longer feel them, but I knew where they were, where they always had been, gnarled and twisted.
The wind howled right through me, even through my treasured coat, you know the one. The one that I am always wearing. The brown one with all the badges on it. I got those badges from someone I love, my grandson. Those badges mean more to me than anything I have.
I know that you know me because I see you every day. Usually you rush right past, too busy to look, too embarrassed to look. You are running for the train, or rushing home to the warmth of the house and a cooked dinner.
Today you looked. I saw a connection in your eye, I know you wanted to say something. That's OK. It's not your fault. A smile was grand. It warmed my heart and fed my soul. You opened the channel. We might speak one day. Even hello would be great, but if we don't, you smiled.
This week's writing exercise is to write a letter. Write an open letter or write to someone more specific. Write a letter between two fictional characters or write a letter into a fictional piece you are already working on. Think about how differently you write depending upon who you are writing to. Your content in an open letter may differ to content in a private letter.
Wherever the prompt takes you. Keep your post on the short side: up to 500 words OR a 5 minute stream of consciousness exercise. Link your finished piece to the list and begin popping by the other links. Oh, and enjoy!
The linky will be open each week from Monday to Friday. If you are playing the game, try to visit the other linkers, at least three of four would be nice. Encourage, critique and support your fellow writers.
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