Feb 24

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I want to remember 
Home.
Frozen at 10 and a half
I want to remember.
I want to remember my orange, crisp sheets.
I want to remember my sister’s piano melody floating around the house.
I want to remember how there is always something baking in the oven
Something yummy.
I want to remember my dad’s flannel shirts
And his hat as he rides our lawn mower.
I want to remember lolling in the grass by the hammock by the magnolia tree
Talking with my sister.
I want to remember laughter and card games before bed.
I want to remember four people and a dog and a big white house.
I want to remember the movies we watched
How we used to always watch the animated ‘Cinderella’
But then we evolved
We grew.
I want to remember the first time I watched the first Harry Potter movie
On the brown couch that my parents say is green
Squeezed in with my mother.
I want to remember the first time I watched the last Harry Potter movie,
Holding my breath the whole time during the Battle of Hogwarts.
And crying soft, happy tears when it was over.
I want to remember how there is a line on the brown-green couch
That my sister and I used to insist my dad sat on when he read to us
So that we would each get the exact same amount of space.
I want to remember the library on the landing
Squashed with books and chairs.
I want to remember sitting in the green chair with flowers on it
Curled up with a good book.
I want to remember all the different bedrooms I had.
Our room, my office, my room, my office, our room, my room.
I want to remember taking Christmas photos on the tractor with our dog.
I want to remember the Christmas ornament store
Where we got a new ornament every year.
I want to remember when we got our new car
When our grandparents moved into their new house
Walks to the waterfall
Walks to the tiny store
Bike rides
The mansion across the street.
My home.