When you think of your life, do you consider it extraordinary? I don’t think that most people do. Take Vivienne Schiffer, for example.
A native of Rohwer, Arkansas, Schiffer began to wonder if there was something unusual about her childhood when she was a student at UCLA. That’s when she casually mentioned to her screenwriting professor, Valerie West, that a Japanese American internment camp had been on her family’s farm in Arkansas. Looking back today, that was a turning point in her life.
Schiffer told her professor that her mother was the keeper of memories for many who had been in the Arkansas camps. “She insisted I needed to write a screenplay based on the story,” Schiffer says in an online interview. “I realized she was right – the story was too remarkable not to be heard.”
But instead of a film, the story became a book. Her novel, Camp Nine, is the 2013 selection for “If All Arkansas Read the Same Book.”
Schiffer’s childhood wasn’t so ordinary after all.
What about you and me? What’s been extraordinary in our lives? Oh, it may not seem that unusual to us, but if just might be for others. For example, my mother once told me that American outlaws Bonnie and Clyde stole her parents’ car. Now, that’s extraordinary! I was an adult when she happened to mention that.
Is it time for us to write our stories?
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