Trying this Backward Writing Thing…

Today my six year old daughter gathered these gorgeous daffodils for us.

Last spring she plucked just the flower heads to present to me.

The spring before that, she ripped the petals to add to her muddy stew.

The spring before that, she tentatively tasted one.

The spring before that, she trampled them, unconcerned with her surroundings.

The spring before that, she sat by them in the warm sunshine while I weeded the garden.

The spring before that, she smelled them for the first time as I waved them in front of her brand new nose.

…In what will seem to be just a few short tomorrows, she’ll be clutching them down the aisle.

5 thoughts on “Trying this Backward Writing Thing…

  1. I love this! It’s so sweet, especially you waving those daffodils in front of her “brand new nose.” I don’t know how you made it so beautiful in so few lines. This post is something to treasure.

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  2. Very effective use of backward writing!
    “She’ll be clutching them down the aisle..” those young days are fleeting 😭

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  3. What a sweet post. I like how you went from year to year. This would be interesting for me to do for my kids. The ending, though, hit me. Both of my kids will be in college next year. I am close to that end.

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  4. I love this slice and how you played with a new structure. The backwards and forwards really plucked at the heartstrings. Definitely something to treasure and share with your little one when she is not so little.

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  5. WOW!!! This poem says SO much. I love how we know so much about you and your daughter by learning about “the spring before that…” Then you twist at the end with a flashforward! So effective! Thanks for sharing.

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