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Writing Prompt: Words That Stick

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Do you regularly free write? Do you wish you did? Several times a month, we'll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook or a blank page and keep your hand moving for 10 minutes. Don't worry about grammar or punctuation – just write.

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We stood around the white corian kitchen countertop littered with glasses full of varying amounts of red wine. That morning felt far away, when I awoke in the railroad apartment on West 12th Street, my ring finger freshly adorned. What followed was a long day of traipsing around the suburban synagogue grounds, debating guest counts, envisioning floral arrangements, peering into our future.

We were finally standing still for a moment, letting it all settle and sink in. It was then that my mother-in-law turned to me, her gaze intent but her smile warm, and said, "He will always make you feel safe."

Through the archway that led to the den, I glimpsed my broad-shouldered man, his imposing frame belying a gentle demeanor, our engagement not 24 hours old. And I knew she was right.

Ever since, in cheap motel rooms with scratchy towels on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia, on treacherous drives down an interstate assaulted by slanted rain, in the throes of a long labor turned C-section ...it's held true. He has always made me feel safe. My mother-in-law's single sentence has played back in my mind again and again throughout a 10-year marriage.

We never know when we're about to hear something that we'll never forget, a line that will stick with us for life.

Today, free write about something read or spoken that has stayed with you. 

And something new: please feel free to leave a link to your free write in the comments section below. We’d love to see what you did with this week's prompt!

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Dina L. Relles is a writer with work in The Atlantic, Atticus Review, River TeethSTIR JournalBrain, Child Magazine, Full Grown People, The Manifest-Station, The Washington PostThe Huffington Post, and elsewhere. You can find more of her work on her own site, Commonplaceand you can connect with her on Twitter She lives in New York with her husband and children. Dina is a former blog editor for Literary Mama.


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This was a delightful read and a meaty prompt. I enjoyed ruminating on the topic and free writing from it (as well as a little editing when I finished). I linked back to you here: https://worddoor.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/assisted-living/
Dina, just thank you. Here's my freewrite: http://jenaschwartz.com/2015/04/14/words-that-stick/
Thank you for such a thoughtful prompt Dina. Here's my free write: http://flingome.com/2015/04/14/words-that-stick-honor/
Sorry about the formatting on my first comment. I'm not sure how that happened.I didn't insert those spaces.
This prompt really resonated with me Dina, thank you. http://danaschwartzwrites.com/2015/04/15/it-will-never-be-enough/
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