I would love to be more adventurous. I admire my friends who easily drop their routines and minor responsibilities for the chance at an opportunity to travel and experience new places.
For my first entry, I’m borrowing a prompt listed in Linda Rief’s Quickwrite Handbook (134). She challenges student writers to identify a trait they admire and personify it. The mentor text she uses comes from J.Ruth Gendler’s The Book of Qualities.
Adventure’s slightly unkempt, brown curls flop into his eyes. He tucks both sides of his locks behind his ears to keep the coils from tickling his lips. Adventure’s eyes match the color of his hair, and they glisten like when tears initially form at the corners of the lid. He is muscular, not in a showy way, but naturally defined under his worn flannel shirt that emits notes of sandalwood, hops and cedar.
If idle too long, Adventure grows restless. He struggles to maintain long term relationships but makes friends easily. Commitment grows frustrated by his lack of a life plan. Try as she might, he will not accept Commitment’s house as his home, record his travel schedule on a Google calendar, nor work a 9-5 hour, corporate job. He says, “Baby, that’s not who I am.” And she forgives him. Adventure is a charmer. He leads with a warm wide smile and closes with a soft, Simon and Garfunkel melody.
Adventure, who travels through life lightly and reads widely, is captivated by Beauty. He documents her undiscovered and under appreciated intricacies through his camera’s lens. She chirps and trills, speaking of peace and cycles and roots. Adventure folds his experiences into little origami memories and stores them in his jeans’ back pocket. Eventually, a new moon appears in the night’s sky. Adventure studies the orb, combs his hands through his hair, and walks along the moonlit path slowly, intentionally.