Day 83 #the100dayproject / #100daysofwriting *Picture Prompt* Frost frames the window as I stare out my parent’s back window at the swing my dad made for my kids some 15 years ago. It hangs from an old oak tree. Even with a warm mug of coffee in my hands, today’s fresh covering of snow sends a chill through my bones. My family is here, in my childhood home, visiting my aging parents for the holidays. This house, its smells are so familiar to me. But I’ve been gone so long, I have a family of my own. Yet the memories that are rushing back are those of my children interacting with my parents. I am merely the connection. The snow laden swing. It represents a time long past. But as I look, I see my then young son, toothy smile, grinning as his papa pushes him higher on the swing in the warmth of a summer day. I hear my little daughter giggle and say, “Me next.” High squeaky laughs of delight call out, “Look at me, Grandma!” The swing is now quiet and still. I turn away from the frost painted window into the warmth of the room. I hear my now adult daughter telling my mother about the last Hemingway book she has read and what classes she will be taking next semester. My son is discussing the latest political news with his papa and father. My coffee has grown cold, but my heart is warm.
I am passionate about love, cuz it is the most interesting and still unknown of human emotions. It can sway the actions of anyone, entire wars have been fought in its name, it has inspired life, death, peace and rage All the other emotions can come from love but non of the others can lead to it, people have been broken and died because of love but they keep falling for it. True love is the only emotion that outlasts time itself... unfortunately so does the pain caused by it and the scars it leaves behind.
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