'Write about good-byes'
My mother somberly announced.
'Write about good-byes because you will be leaving soon.'
I tried to explain that soon isn't here. I tried to explain that soon is in the future. I tried to explain that I'd rather write about the moment. I tried... but she stuck to her guns as a lioness would. A lioness would smell a goodbye from a land away. A lioness would sense danger in an instant. A lioness would ponder about separating from her cubs and nothing that I would say could possibly change that.
My mother is a lioness and I have learned long ago that I, a mere cub, must listen to what its mother - the lioness - says. So I wrote about goodbyes. And I wrote about my mother. And I wrote about the cutting of the cord; The first trauma that we re-live with each and every good-bye we come across.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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