For 2019 I'm running a year-long series on my blog in which I share my responses to the writing assignment prompts found in THE BUTTERLY HOURS by Patty Dann.
This month's prompts include: hospital, hotel, humming, ice-skating, illness, kitchen table, knife, laundry, library, lunch.
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Visiting the site reminded me
of another memory:
I often brought for school
lunch a thermos of
chicken noodle soup.
In high school I have some traumatic lunch memories – one in which all the kids at the table where I usually sat were away for the day (a field trip, maybe?), and I didn't want to sit all alone, so I decided to join some kid who rode the same bus as me. It did NOT go well, and was instead one of those heartbreaking times when taking the risk kind of backfired. But I survived, and I learned something: Not only is it okay to sit alone, sometimes it's better.
I'm at the halfway mark now with this memoir project, and it's is teaching me that there are some things I've experienced that I am not willing to really recall in any great detail. I am fine leaving the fuzzy lens on for many things – which means maybe memoir writing is not for me. Or maybe I'm just not ready. I want – need – to focus on the positive. This doesn't mean I am denying the negative things happened, just that for now, and maybe forever, I choose not to dwell in that space.