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Flash Fiction: I Miss...
By Erin E Kelly-Moen
Monday, May 03, 2004

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"What do you miss?"

It was a simple question, asked on a forum board, yet, it brought tears to my eyes.

I miss my pre-9/11 innocence. I miss the last moments of time, that morning, before I knew planes had crashed into our hearts. The naiveté I can do without, but the slaughter of innocence has scarred my mind, and my soul.

I also miss Time. Adulthood, children, responsibilities, aging; all consume time, physically and mentally.

I miss fireflies, playing statues and kick-the-can, penny candy and lilacs. I miss lazy days of reading, walking on stilts, doing cartwheels and jumping rope. I miss fireplaces and blizzards.

I miss marveling at the Amish driving in buggies in the winter, carving snow bowls after the plow cleared the chunks to the side and the flashing cold of outdoor ice-skating.

I miss the 70's, earth shoes, patched-ass bell-bottoms and the sound clogs make, buying Mexican pot with lunch money, corncob pipes and clackers that beat up your wrists. I miss the rock bands from that time, and kissing Elvis’ poster.

I miss my carefree twenties in Colorado's 80's, using my tips from waiting tables to drink at the bar with friends, taking off to the mountains on a whim and the feel of a future expanding and endless.

I miss my family in Wisconsin, the cats I've lost, my vitality, my childhood dreams and hunting wild strawberries...

I miss it all. My youth, my past. Now, I miss my hair, my muscles, my butt and life before children. I miss my mother, and my dead father.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
© Copyright 5/3/04

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Reviewed by 000 000 10/27/2008
Enjoyed the writing.
I miss-missing!
Thank goodness you can remember the 70"s because there was good smoke back then.
Reviewed by Melissa Mendelson 7/2/2008
Beautiful. This is indeed a moving, touching piece that flowed with each gentle word emanating of life and what is now gone.

I miss a lot too. I look back on my own past and wonder, "If I knew then what I know now, would things be different? Would things be better?" Missed chances, missed opportunities, and lost time and dreams.
Reviewed by Frances Lynn 12/23/2006
Thanks for reminding me about those earth shoes Erin! I was writing something about the Seventies and couldn't remember what those clodhoppers were called.
Reviewed by F William Broome 10/17/2006
And, I see that you miss a lot of non-fiction, too. This is so poignant and loving. Don't know why I missed it when posted, but so glad I ran across today. Thank you for this tender confessional of minor infractions along the way. I'm older than you, but didn't we all do them and lived through... somehow? You speak for millions, and you do it without lamentation or regret, the curse of my generation. Thank you so very much for bringing my family's time back for pleasure and reassessment. Yes, you have affected the life of a grateful individual... and that isn't easy these days.
Blessings of a special kind to you and yours.
- Bill
Reviewed by Micha Julian 10/2/2006
quite moving and brought up so much I miss also, brought memories and then some and it is quite profoundly given in few words so very full with heart/soul/gut felt feeling!

Thank YOU,
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/4/2006
A very moving write, brings back lots of memories and makes us realise how many simple things we miss.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Debra Conklin 10/22/2004
Very touching, Erin.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/3/2004
nice write, erin! well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D

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