8-Minute Memoir

Day 158: Plain simple help

August 16, 2017

Day 158: Plain simple help. In the beautiful novel Plainsong by Kent Haruf, a woman, barely able to take care of herself, finds out two young boys have lost their mother to depression. In response she gives them a grocery list–their first time shopping on their own. Did she mean brown eggs or white eggs? Maybe brown because she also wrote brown sugar? They puzzle over the list but eventually make it back with everything they need–then she teaches them how to make oatmeal cookies. When they finish and are eating the steaming cookies she tells them this: Your understand? If you can read you can cook. You can always feed yourselves. You remember that. So simple but also true and sustainable and concrete. Write about something someone did or said, something small, something practical that you needed. Maybe in a big way. Maybe in a little way. Write for 8 minutes. Thanks to @tessasantiago for the book recommendations. #8minutememoir #kentharuf #plainsong

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