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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.

 

A Year in the Life, Week 28: Each Side a Balance

A Year in the Life: Journaling for Self-Discovery - Sheila Bender

Today’s A Year in the Life prompt asked me to take a common object and write about it alternating the lines, “I love you for …” “I don’t love you for …” I looked up, and there sat my water bottle, and a journal entry was born.

 

P1010477My dear Water bottle,

I love you because you keep my throat and mouth moist, so I can speak and kiss with confidence.

I don’t love you because it’s awkward to carry you with me everywhere.

I love you because you give me something to do for a few moments, when I need to think or take a break.

I don’t love you because you slow me down.

I love you because you make me feel clean throughout my whole body, from the inside of my mouth to my belly to the pee that cleanses me every hour.

I don’t love you because you make me run upstairs to use the bathroom far too often.

I love you because you have a label with my name on it, and little bumpy grippers on your cap.

I don’t love you because your mouth always retains the scent of what I last ate.

I love you because you hold enough to last four hours.

I don’t love you because my husband can deplete you in just two gulps.

I love you because you will go anywhere with me.

I don’t love you because I’m always afraid I’ll leave you behind … like the many that came and went before you.

 

Apparently I find water bottles very inspiring, because I used a writing prompt to talk about my water bottle here, too.