Do you keep a journal - or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.
Three times a month, I'll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don't worry about grammar or punctuation - just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.
And who knows? Maybe you'll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you'll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you'll enjoy re-reading it months--and years--down the road.
My fifth-grade son has asked for help in choosing something to take to his class's end-of-semester auction, so we're digging through a box of things I've been saving for a garage sale. The classroom auction is the highpoint of the semester for these ten- and eleven-year olds. For seventeen weeks, they've accumulated Fun Bucks (monopoly-type money teachers give for good behavior and grades) in anticipation of spending them.
At the auction, most of the kids will survey the tables in search of the perfect gift for Mom or Dad. He hopes his friends bring "some good stuff" to bid on; I wonder if anything in my box will meet his definition, or if I've already given all our good stuff away.
He rejects books, baskets, and an embroidered wall hanging because "no one will want those" and finally settles on a red, star-shaped, metal picture frame.
"It's perfect," he said. "Everyone has pictures."
Turns out it was the perfect item; one of my son's best friends' mother told me so. And my son? He spent nearly all of his 4,000 Fun Bucks on a teacup and saucer, which he proudly presented to me with this modest comment: "I know how much you like to drink tea, Mom."
Journal Entry: Consider your family's gift-giving practices. What is the "perfect" gift? Write about a time you saw your child give or receive the perfect gift. Describe facial expressions, exclamations, the comments given when the gift was opened.