the orchard

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16 Responses

  1. awwww, the ending was the best part :)

  2. B says:

    I like this because I think of the time spent with my cousins very fondly. We didn’t have an apple orchard or tire swing but we had fun :)

  3. Sid says:

    Simply gorgeous.

    Whoever the girl is, she’s one lucky lady.

  4. Rene Foran says:

    gotta love ‘em..those who keep us in balance without even lettin’ on that the tire swing is actually a gyroscope :)

  5. Erica M says:

    So pretty. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. I enjoy the short sentences, the staccato memories. That’s all we really have left of childhood, and usually it’s enough.

  7. Carina says:

    Beautifully written. It was full of the little details that make memoir writing what it should be. I feel like I lived a few moments of that with you.

  8. Ms. G says:

    That was lovely and I liked the little spin at the end.

  9. Kiddothings says:

    What a wonderful story and such a vivid memory of the tire swing and all you experienced with it. I love this and congratulations on being picked as Editor’s Choice over at freefringes. Well deserved. :)

  10. I like the tempo, the vivid imagery, the memories. Great writing.

  11. Jamie says:

    I feel like I was there too… I love the image of missing teeth and mischievous grins!

    Good luck at lovelinks this week!

  12. Ado says:

    Oh – I loved this – so evocative of your childhood, that tree swing, your grandfather, the boats bobbing. Made me miss your childhood! (-:

  13. Sweaty says:

    Picture perfect place… happy childhood… precious memories. You’ve captured it all!

    My favorite, though, is the end… is it a girl? :)

  14. Sometimes I think “cousin” is the perfect relationship: not so close as to piss you off with every waking breath, like a sibling; not so far away as an aunt or uncle; not a friend who might decide to stop knowing you one day. Cousins remain…you find them again when you’re all adults and you have this raft of memories together, and great perspectives on one another’s parents…the laughter is deep because you’re blood, but there’s less of an edge, somehow, less jockeying for position.
    Lovely. Thank you.

  15. Danielle says:

    Very beautiful post! I absolutely love the ending!

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