After picking a random household item, write a scene where a character, either a new one or one you already have, picks up the object. Talk about their emotions or, better yet, show.
My Household Object
Sindy walked into her Nana’s bedroom after the funeral. She ran her fingers over the items sitting on her Nana’s dresser. Her fingers stopped on an old hand-held mirror with roses on the back and cracked glass on the front. Her Nana had always said she would fix her mirror because it was favorite, but she always forgot. Sindy smiled as she gently picked it up, flipped it over, and stared into the broken glass. Broken like her heart. She had been close to her Nana, so when she passed a few days ago, Sindy felt lost. Sindy carried the hand-held mirror out of her Nana’s room and closed the door behind her.
For the rest of the afternoon, Sindy sat in her Nana’s favorite floral chair in the living room and held the mirror. All the guests from the wake had left already, so she was alone. Her parents had gone for a drive before they had to face going into Nana’s room. While she sat in her Nana’s favorite chair, Sindy thought about when she was a little girl and how Nana would braid her long, dark brown hair. She thought about the silly songs she and her Nana made up in both English and Spanish whenever she was scared. She thought about making tortillas and enchiladas by hand with her Nana for family gatherings.
Sindy turned the mirror over in her hand and looked down into the broken glass again, staring down into her deep chocolate brown eyes. Her dad always said she and her Nana were twins because they had the same eyes, from the color to the shape. They even had a mole on the left side of their eye that matched. Sindy traced her fingers carefully on the broken glass around her eyes, her bottom lip trembling. Memories flooded her mind, and she allowed them, clutching the mirror to her chest. She curled herself up in a tight ball in Nana’s chair and sobbed.