Time to wash the outrageous paint off your face, hide away the souvenier beads and contemplate your g-rated life for the next forty days. What happened to those New Years resolutions made just a month and a half ago?
Several of my published pieces are the result of a memory recalled here, or a story recalled there at family gatherings.Â So to get you into the "write" frame of mind, let me guide you along towards that Easter redemption!
Because, if you write, this is a time to gather up those stories waiting to be told! Here are some links, in blue, to help jog your memory cells and synapses.
Lets begin with coffee to clear away that Mardi Gras hangover. Wander into the kitchen and see if the Coffee MonkeyÂ has brewed up a pot.Â Check the 'fridge to be sure you've tossed out those munchy goodies and sugary desserts.Â I am sure you won't find any remants of the disastrous dessert from our family that we call Our A-Team Cake!
Make a phone call to an elder you may have neglected, they might not have partied last night, but they were young once.Â Chat a bit, tell them that you write and ask them to help you recall a funny or poignant memory from your lives together.Â I took a chance one year and wrote The Drive-InÂ Banshees a story recalled from my childhood. My family enjoyed the retelling, and now we all have an enjoyable memory of my late dad that we often read aloud at family gatherings.
As you talk with your family member, jog your memory.Â Do they fish, or hunt, or jump on the 'gamblers special' bus?Â Let them know you are hoping to put some memories down on paper.Â Perhaps you will end up with a camping story such asÂ Smokey's Lesson or the hectic dayÂ On The Fast Track.Talk a moment with the soldiers in your family.Â Ask them if they recall a memorable incident like the two old marines in Mixed Signals.Â These are the stories from the heart.
Perhaps as you sit and ponder you may recall a favorite teacher and can tell a story from the heart as did Mr. RathÂ in my story Mentor.
As you write the uplifting stories, don't forget to purge your Mardi Gras antics from your soul.Â Â Remind yourself to steer clear of law breaking behaviors! My story, Broomstick Bazooka is fair warning that eventually the long arm (and keen marksmanship) of the law can't be escaped.
I hope that as you dredge up the stories and memories, and search for the source of those pictures of you posted on the net, that you remember life worth living is life worth remembering. So grab a notepad and pencil and gather those stories! And for pennace make sure they are rated g.