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Things Associated With Grandma

February 14th, 2010

When I was in school, we use to have two exercises called U.S.S.R (Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading) and U.S.S.W (Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Writing). During U.S.S.W we were given a subject to write about. U.S.S.W was broken into two parts. The first part we just wrote down all the single words that popped into our head regarding the subject. The rule was the pencil was to not leave the paper, just write anything and everything even if it made no sense. The second part was using those words in the story. Again, you just wrote without even thinking, trying to use as many of those words as possible. And again, the pencil was not to leave the paper. Later on you would go back and make the story into more while thinking about it.

Today, as I do every February 14, my grandma has been heavily on my mind. I have not been able to stop thinking about her. But instead of the normal thoughts about her, my brain has been doing its own U.S.S.W sending me flashes of single words and images, and single ideas of things associated with grandma. Instead of writing my normal letter to grandma, I think I am just going to spend a few minutes just purging those images. Perhaps that is the best way I can honour her this year.

  1. Rock candy
  2. Cross-stiching
  3. Hot Apple Juice
  4. Afternoon tea
  5. Toast with marmalade
  6. Rice Crispies with bananas
  7. Falsies
  8. Slacks
  9. Adjustable bed
  10. Dentures
  11. Plastic Canvas
  12. Library
  13. Osoyoos
  14. Crafting
  15. Blouse
  16. Popbang
  17. Church
  18. Shakespeare
  19. Neil Diamond
  20. Englebert Humperdink
  21. Nana Mouskouri
  22. Julio Iglesias
  23. Oxygen
  24. Respirator
  25. Soft hands
  26. Crafting
  27. Reading
  28. Sewing
  29. Listerine
  30. Rose Soap
  31. Arizona
  32. Oroville, Washington
  33. Black Widow
  34. Rattle Snakes
  35. Tarantula
  36. Road Runner
  37. Coyote
  38. Oranges
  39. Cherry Tomatoes
  40. Cherries
  41. Apples
  42. Peaches
  43. Apricots
  44. Plums
  45. Orchards
  46. Lake
  47. Swimming
  48. Turtles
  49. Sunburn
  50. Knitting
  51. Crocheting
  52. Rice Crispy Treats
  53. Chocolate
  54. Love
  55. Compassion
  56. Goodwill
  57. Integrity
  58. Altruism
  59. Philanthropy
  60. Charity
  61. Kindness
  62. Polident
  63. Vacations
  64. Chronic Illness
  65. Berry candies
  66. Macintosh toffee
  67. Art
  68. Emily Carr
  69. Erma Bombeck
  70. Farley Mowat
  71. Pierre Berton
  72. The Wizard of Oz
  73. Winnie The Pooh
  74. Alice In Wonderland
  75. Peter Pan
  76. C.S. Lewis
  77. A.A. Milne
  78. Lucy Maud Montgomery
  79. Little House On The Prairie
  80. Highway To Heaven
  81. L. Frank Baum
  82. Judy Blume
  83. The Sound Of Music
  84. The Cat In The Hat
  85. Dr. Seuss
  86. Hans Christian Anderson
  87. The Brothers Grimm
  88. Doilies
  89. Art Deco
  90. Maple

If my grandma were still alive, she would be 90. So I think here is a good place to stop.