At first she doesn’t even know she has lied. I ask her a probing question, and then her eyes shift left, the corners of her mouth twitch into a smile as her eyebrows raise in a vital question: “Will you still love me even when I hide from you?”
Her shoulders shrug slightly, an involuntary admission of her guilt. And then I smile, my adoring smile.
For when she lies, I realize how well I truly know her, how well I can read her. And there is a comfort and safety in that truth that we both feel. It is warmth and connection at its most profound.
Whose gesture is most pronounced in your memory? Could you capture the essence of that gesture in words?
Written by: Angela Magnotti Andrews
Instructions: Choose a gesture, one you or someone else makes, and write try to capture it as completely as possible in words.
Writing Exercise Source: Crafting the Personal Essay, by Dinty W. Moore (Writer’s Digest Books, 2010)