Pretend you remember the scent of lemon rind carefully grated over freshly baked cakes your grandmother made, the ones you were too full to eat but ate anyway.
Pretend that you remember answering those phone calls, caring too much to tell her you were busy. Instead, talking for hours about memories no one can steal.
Pretend that you didn’t lose her all at once. You lost her in pieces, which makes it slightly easier to bear.
Pretend that you didn’t drive past her house; the house that was so lively and full but now has nothing inside.
But don’t pretend the memories don’t last forever; because the grief will always be there.
Kate Miller is a Paralegal from Manchester. She is fairly new to writing but had her first two pieces of flash fiction ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Rollercoaster Apocalypse’ published by Ellipsis Zine and Storgy. Kate loves to watch true crime documentaries and horror films!
“Meyer Lemon Pecan Cupcake with Shagbark Hickory Infusion” by Vegan Feast Catering is licensed under CC BY 2.0