December 15 – 5 Minutes.
Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.
(Author: Patti Digh)
Flowers, every one I've seen, every arrangement, every circle of jasmine. The sky yesterday that had cleared of all its haze, crystal clear blue with the green green leaves of the trees. The tiny bird's nest that was in my climbing plant when we arrived this year.
Solo in every moment, the airplane ride to Canada in the spring. The moment of seeing my parents, the big hugs. Every moment with them.
Hunter, my sweet new niece. Watching her mama take care of her, newborn head smell. Warm cuddles. Vancouver in a warm fall. My brother a new father. In Victoria, my sister constructing a log house out of driftwood on the beach.
The writing conference: a week of reading and writing and talking about writing. This I still visit in my daydreams.
All the road trips, our dear van, flowers at the ranch, kids in the hot tub, wedding in Oregon, picnics of whatever we can scrounge up. Coffee parties in the morning, visits with old friends.
A walk with my grandfather- we clambered over rocks like he was only sixty.
Every bite of Thai food that I've ever had.
Sitting outside with my kids under the moon during a power cut because it was brighter out there.
I can't stop at five minutes, my mind keeps going. I don't want to forget any of it- it's been a beautiful year.
Here's another exercise I did on "I don't want to forget."