ba muoi mot

I breeze past the woman straining to hoist the baby onto her back, weighing whether it makes sense to stop and help.

nah

She’ll be fine

And as I catch a glimpse of her in my rear view, doing just that.

I remember Rhino and Elephant, gently snuggling them in, at different times, to the baby carrier, preparing to hike

It feels so undeniably fresh

I am Right. There. Now. In my mind.

And I have a moment of realization

we’ll never do that again

And it is sad

And so, I know that I must write about it


And so, here I am.

For the 31st time this past 31 days. Today with a sense of finality. And affirmation, that what we have done here is packaged up and presented tiny gifts to our future selves.

I know I’ll be back

Perhaps as a curious observer to my history, perhaps as host.

Most likely as both.

A spectator to my past self, an inspiration to future.

J pointed out, early in this journey, to keep a key question in mind.

who are you writing for

And while at its heart, I know it’s been me

It’s been nice to have company along the way

Published by Radutti

Teaching in Ha Noi, screwing things up daily but surviving to write about it. ...everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

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9 Comments

  1. This final slice is breathtakingly beautiful. From “tiny gifts to our future selves” to “I know I’ll be back”, this slice holds so much truth and wistfulness. Thank you for sharing. Take care and see you next year.

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  2. Your final slice here has given me CHILLS. I can’t decide my favorite, but…

    “And affirmation, that what we have done here is packaged up and presented tiny gifts to our future selves.
    I know I’ll be back
    Perhaps as a curious observer to my history, perhaps as host.”

    It’s my first time slicing, and I love the thought of returning to this year’s posts to see how much will have changed. I already can’t wait for 2022! 🙂 Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

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  3. I love how you felt something as you noticed that woman so you naturally knew you would write about it. A writer move for sure. Congrats on a great month!! It is for you but doing it as a community levels it up a bit! I’ll look for you on Tuesdays and next year.

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  4. Your work makes this month so much fun to read and be a part of- while I didn’t write this year, I thoroughly enjoyed your writing!

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  5. It’s sad- so you know you have to write it.
    Beautiful ending, so well put.
    I have truly enjoyed being your fan this month.I started reading you last year and sought you out this year. I have so enjoyed your sharing your place, family, heart.

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  6. So much truth and heart here. Yes, it IS ourselves we are writing for, but you’re right. It’s nice to have the company along the way. And this line: “what we have done here is packaged up and presented tiny gifts to our future selves.” Beautiful.

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