A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Monday, September 10, 2012

There was a pink sticky note on the envelope. "Enclosed Copy of Will" it said, in Gramma Winnie's neat handwriting. Sam liked the sticky tag better than the china plate she got. The plate was white and had gold vines snaking around the edge. On the bottom it said: "made in England." Sam asked if she could have the envelope and the sticky. Her Mom raised her eyebrow, but gave them to her anyway.

At home in her bedroom, Sam put Gramma Winnie's plate on the dresser and flopped onto her bed. There was a fly buzzing at the window. She held her breath and felt her body go still. This is what it's like to be dead, she thought. 

Sam got up and went to her closet. She started pulling things out and laying them on her bed. When she was finished, she tore a piece of paper from her notebook and wrote: 

1. BILLY MORTON (BROTHER): Piece of blue beach glass I found that time we went to Tofino and Billy tried surfing and hit his head on a rock. He got seven stitches and let me hold his hand in the doctor's office, even though I'm his little sister and he calls me a twerp.

2. DIANE MORTON (MOM): Copy of The Velveteen Rabbit she still reads me almost every night, even though we both know all the words, and I'm probably too old for bedtime stories.

3. PAUL MORTON (DAD): Black dress shoes I stole from his closet that time I was practicing to be The Great Camillo. And then once I got tired of magic tricks, I kept the shoes cause I loved the way they were shiny and wearing them made me feel strong.

4. ABIGAIL HUCKLEY (BEST FRIEND): My half of our Best Friends bracelets, and my fortune cookie collection, and the little bride and groom I got from the top of my cousin Lisa's wedding cake. And the bead bracelet I made at camp the day Roger Woxter kissed me on the cheek.

5. DORA MILLER (EX BEST FRIEND): Mr. Whiskers, the bunny I had since I was a baby. Cause her parents just got divorced and even though I'm not talking to her right now because we are in a BIG FIGHT about how she told Roger I like him even though I don't, it still makes me sad to think that her parents are split up.

6. MR. MANNING (ENGLISH TEACHER): The love letter that Abby helped me write to tell him my true feelings. Also, my public speaking trophy, and the tiny bird's nest I found in the field behind the school. 

Finished her list, Sam folds the paper carefully and slides it into the envelope. She attaches the sticky note to the outside. Now she's ready. Just in case.  

1 comment:

  1. Holy poop, Britt, you know how to write. I LOVE this story.