I have used this prompt or a similar one with my English 111 class and then discuss whether, after rereading our writing, one would be able to visualize this ideal mate he/she has described. Would one be able to actually paint a picture or create a video from the information shared? Did the author exemplify, explain, and elaborate?
PROMPT: Describe (PG-13 style) your ideal mate.
My ideal mate is, most importantly, kind and gentle and did not hesitate years ago when asked to carry my terminally ill father to his bed (for which I will forever be grateful) or to empty my drain tubes after my double mastectomy. When our daughters ask him to play Little People, dress up, or play kitchen, he immediately agrees and follows them to the playroom. When my friends or I have computer problems, he remedies the situation with patience and much humor in the form of feigned frustration, “I am tired of being the I.T. guy,” or false bravado, “Your friends want me.”
Perfectly placed punctuation and proper grammar in his writing makes me swoon and anxiously await that next post-it note hidden on my steering wheel expressing his love or grocery store requests.
His lips are plump and perfectly commingle with mine when we kiss while his shadowy overgrowth lightly scratches my cheek. When he smiles, I look for his faint dimples every time.
With careful attention, he snags that chin hair I am unable to conquer after many failed attempts and assures me if ever in a nursing home, he will come and tweeze me when I am no longer able.
His muscular arms envelop me and pull me to him when tears fall from my eyes, and he is able to wipe the hurt away and replace it with his whole heart. . . my ideal mate.