I only had 25 letters (including spaces!) to work with, when I was deciding what I wanted written on my mother’s urn. Everyone else was getting things like, Beloved _____, Forever in our Hearts, etc… As a writer, I couldn’t have something so cliché. So, after become very frustrated for many days, I looked up the word Dawn. After reading the definition…
1: the first light of day
2: the earliest period
3: an opening time period
1: become clear or enter one’s consciousness or emotions
2: appear or develop
3: become light
Synonyms: appear, begin, develop, emerge, glimmer, initiate, lighten, loom, open, originate, rise, show itself, unfold
… the words spilled out of my mouth, and I immediately got a pen and paper, wrote them down, and counted the characters. With spaces and no punctuation– 25 characters exactly.
And they have comforted me ever since. Knowing the first
anniversary (for lack of a better word, I will call it milestone) was rapidly approaching, I sat to write…
This is for you, Mom!
[February 20, 2011]