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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

time stood still

yesterday a package came in the mail.

a little brown envelope that i have been waiting for my whole life.

inside, a small black book with crumbling covers, and within its pages

an envelope containing a lock of hair from my grandmother who died 3 years before i was born.

the world stopped spinning as i held my breath and carefully, carefully opened the notepaper containing the treasure

and paused

time stood still

i touched the golden strands

lightly

amazed at how silky they are,

fine and shiny and oh so few

a piece of me

come down through the years from a loved one i've never met

but who knew me and loved me before i was even conceived

my grandmother's hair