Little Notes Everywhere by Lisa H. Owens

I am hungry. Did I eat?

I go to the kitchen.

I ask my daughter.

She said I’d had hard-boiled eggs with toast;

But if I was hungry, she would fix me a snack.

I nod and move to sit on the sofa, where I will wait.

I go to the kitchen.

A familiar lady is fixing cheddar cheese on crackers.

“That looks good,” I say.

“It is for you,” the lady answers.

“I like cheese on crackers. Cheddar is my favorite. How did you know?”

“I am your daughter. I know the things that are your favorite,” she smiles sweetly.

“Your smile reminds me of George. Where is George? I will share my snack with him.”

She doesn’t answer, continuing to slice the cheddar thin, like George and I like.

I go to sit on the sofa to wait.

I go to the kitchen.

“It was so nice of you to come and visit me,” I say to a lady making cheese and crackers.

“Mama, go wash your hands. Your snack is ready,” the lady says as she carries the snack on a tray to the sofa, setting it down on the coffee table.

I go into the half bath just off the entry-way.

My tiny bag containing lipstick and George’s wedding band lies partially open on the vanity. I wonder why George is not wearing his ring.

I unzip the bag and lay it back, fully open. I spy little squares of yellow paper just under George’s ring.

I lift the one on top. It is a note in my handwriting.

George is in heaven now.

Then I remember as I unfold and read one note after the other. Little notes everywhere. My life becomes clear.

I go to sit on the sofa to wait.

I see a tray with cheese and crackers on the coffee table. I hope the cheese is cheddar. I will share my snack with George. Cheddar is our favorite.

By Lisa H. Owens
Inspired by her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease
Published on Beneath the Surface News
A finalist in the Q1-2021 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest hosted by WOW! (Women on Writing).


About Lisa

Lisa H. Owens is a freelance writer who currently contributes a variety of fiction and nonfiction pieces to the popular news blog, Beneath the Surface News. She was also a monthly columnist for the Stephenville Empire-Tribune and Glen Rose Reporter. Recently, Lisa won second place in the WOW! (Women on Writing) Q4-2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest for her social justice essay about the murder of George Floyd, “What You Can Do in 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds.” Her first book, an epistolary memoir titled “Dear Melinda, How I Met Your Brother,” is pending publication. When she’s not writing, Lisa is working as an environmental compliance manager. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma and currently resides in North Texas. You can read more about Lisa and her writing at: http://www.lisahowens.com

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