Today’s A Year in the Life prompt asked me to take a common object and write about it alternating the lines, “I love you for …” “I don’t love you for …” I looked up, and there sat my water bottle, and a journal entry was born.
I love you because you keep my throat and mouth moist, so I can speak and kiss with confidence.
I don’t love you because it’s awkward to carry you with me everywhere.
I love you because you give me something to do for a few moments, when I need to think or take a break.
I don’t love you because you slow me down.
I love you because you make me feel clean throughout my whole body, from the inside of my mouth to my belly to the pee that cleanses me every hour.
I don’t love you because you make me run upstairs to use the bathroom far too often.
I love you because you have a label with my name on it, and little bumpy grippers on your cap.
I don’t love you because your mouth always retains the scent of what I last ate.
I love you because you hold enough to last four hours.
I don’t love you because my husband can deplete you in just two gulps.
I love you because you will go anywhere with me.
I don’t love you because I’m always afraid I’ll leave you behind … like the many that came and went before you.
Apparently I find water bottles very inspiring, because I used a writing prompt to talk about my water bottle here, too.