My brother had our old family home movies converted to DVDs this Christmas as gifts. We had such fun watching them and reminiscing. They conjured up such warm memories. It was fun to see Christmas trees all decked out in tinsel - I don’t think you can even buy that these days. There were scenes with our long gone family pets, as well as just seeing my parents, aunts, and uncles when they were younger than I am now. It was hilarious just seeing the fashion trends back in the day.
One of the things I will never tire of is sitting and talking with family about the past. I love the old stories about my grandparents and their parents (my great grandparents). They often have me rolling on the floor laughing. It’s also amazing to see how different family members remember the same incident. “That’s not what happened,” which often launches yet another story. Some of my favorite holiday memories are when we are all together, aunts, uncles, cousins, and the talk turns to the distant past.
Some of the things I treasure most are all the old photos I have. I have a photo of my grandmother that my grandfather carried with him when he was overseas in WWII. I have photos of my dad when he was a child that I can place side by side with photos of my brother - with the exception of the color (or lack thereof) in the photos you can’t tell who is who. I have a box of old photos from my great grandmother of relatives from back in Italy. Most have notes and messages on the back written in Italian. One of these days I’ll get them translated. Before my grandmother passed away she had prepared a box of photos for each of the grandkids. In addition to the photos - they had all of our old artwork we made for her. She saved everything. It was wonderful to go through.
Let’s Get Emotional
My goal with the challenge this year is to use it as an exercise to write something focused on a particular emotion. I hope to convey that mood or feeling through word choice in the story. I welcome your feedback on what worked or didn’t for you in each piece.
Once upon a time...
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