This week, on the 29th, the non-fiction prompt was "Ten Things I Will Not Think About in My Last Seconds of Life." Their direction:
Give yourself ten minutes to freewrite the list, then turn the list into an essay. It can be funny, serious, or strange; the points may be connected or not. The important part is to allow yourself to linger on each item in your list and let it grow into its full potential, perhaps keeping it mind for an essay of its own. For this assignment, make sure to incorporate all ten things from the list into your essay.
Essays could, I suppose, grow out of these ideas down the road, but for now, here's my quick take:
1. The cobwebs in the corners of my house.
2. Wasted years. No year has been wasted, because every, single one has made me who I am now, and who I will be when I die.
3. What kind of car I drove. I'll be happy that I never cared. Not one bit.
4. My resume.
5. No regrets about my choice of spouse. He is perfect for me. I am not perfect in any way, and he puts up with me anyway. I am mad about him.
6. My kitchen's design.
7. Homeschooling. I can't imagine ever being sorry we made the sacrifices. And -- so far, twelve years in -- my kids can't imagine ever changing the paradigm, so I don't think it'll be on my radar in my last moments unless it is to say, "I'm so happy we created the family we had," followed by a contented sigh.
8. What shape the yard is in.
9. "I wish I'd taken the time to read poetry." Nope. Won't be on the list.
10. Coffee. I won't have to think about it because I'll have a cup in my hand.