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For Your Journal- Writing Prompt

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Do you keep a journal – or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help. Several times a month, we'll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. 


If you had told me ten years ago that I would one day spend my spring afternoons and evenings watching sports, I would have laughed wholeheartedly. I have never been interested in any sports, either playing or watching. I didn’t play sports in high school or college. I have been to approximately one major league sporting event of any kind. Now, somehow, this spring, everything revolves around baseball.

For the first time, I signed my eight-year-old up for little league. He loves it. We go to several games per week, mingle with the other sporty parents, cheer for the adorable second and third grade athletes, and enjoy watching their sportsmanship grow. I even became the snack coordinator and now ensure that parents remember the juice boxes and chip bags when it’s their turn.

I also I find myself trolling the library and book sale shelves for books on baseball to enhance my son’s (or is it mine?) understanding and enjoyment of the game. If that wasn’t enough, our family has gone to see both local colleges’ baseball teams play on sunny Saturday afternoons.

To top it all off, my husband got us watching the Mets, who play almost every night. So unless I have particularly strong willpower and energy, I find myself most evenings, on the couch, watching men in pinstripes hit balls with bats.

This whole sports-parent-spectator thing is a very new experience for me. It is not something I ever expected to be doing, and yet, here I am, cheering on our team, making sure someone brought snacks, and finding myself having great fun.


In your journal today, write about something that you didn’t to do when you were younger, but now that you have kids is a major part of your life. How do you feel about it? What does this change mean to you?


Do you have a writing prompt to share with Literary Mama readers? Send your 150- to 300-word narrative and associated writing prompt to lmblogeditor (at) literarymama (dot) com. We'd love to read your ideas! 

Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer living in Ithaca, NY. Her essay “Blood Mountain” won the 2017 Notes From the Field contest at Flyway Journal. Other work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including, NewfoundLife in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.

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