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Caps and Gowns by VICKY SMITH article

 

 

Caps and Gowns



 Our plans for someday ended before we

ordered the caps and gowns. All I have now

are notes that smell like cigarette smoke and

Aero cologne. Even the ring you gave

to me was up for sale on Facebook, thanks

to your ever-so-thoughtful mother. The
date of our wedding would have been on

September eighth, which was the month when I

became the girl with whom you listened to

the songs your friends despised, like “Heart Don’t Break

Even,” sung by The Script and “Our Song” by

T. Swift. I was the girl with whom you shared

a first kiss at homecoming in front the

of grass-covered football players you called

your family. I kissed your lips, tasting

the sweat and feeling the thrill of tackling

the small-town rivals known as Central High.

I was at every game cheering for you
as I wore a bow bigger than the pads

of football uniforms. After the game, 

I’d stand and wait outside the locker room

for you to come to tell me, “I love you.”




 
 

Vicky Smith is a junior at Cameron University with a dual major in Creative Writing and Journalism. When she graduates, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Journalism, while continuing to write creatively. She is currently the Managing Editor of the Cameron Collegian newspaper.

  




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