Mary May Larmoyeux, Uncategorized

Writing doesn’t have to be complicated

by Mary May Larmoyeux

If your family shared blessings around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, did anything pop out and seem to Thanksgiving_JB09_bsay, “Write about ____ !” ?  When this happens to me, I jot those ideas down in a spiral notebook. Otherwise, I’ll forget them.

Today I wanted to share one of our Thanksgiving traditions, and if you read on, you’ll understand what it has to do with writing. We have a “Thanksgiving tree” which is really a small plastic gumdrop tree covered in construction-paper leaves. The kids make the leaves, and we each write something we are grateful for on the front of each one and put our name on the back of the leaf. Then we attach all of the leaves to the branches of the tree.

Now that Thanksgiving 2013 is over, I am going to type a list of what our family wrote on the back of those leaves and put the list in my story journey notebook. Then I’m going to write one paragraph about Thanksgiving 2013. That will be my Thanksgiving “story.”

I’m beginning to realize that capturing family stories doesn’t have to be complicated. But it does require being intentional. By taking a little time to jot down ideas and thoughts, we can begin the foundations for possible articles and books.

And if we are writing stories for our own family, writing a list of thanksgiving blessings and a simple description of what happened on Thanksgiving Day could be a wonderful gift to a future generation.

Writing doesn’t have to be complicated. As Lee Iacocca said, “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”

Picture and post copyright © 2013 Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.

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3 thoughts on “Writing doesn’t have to be complicated”

  1. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving idea, Mary! “… type a list of what our family wrote on the back of those leaves and put the list in my story journey notebook. Then I’m going to write one paragraph about Thanksgiving 2013. That will be my Thanksgiving “story.” Love it!

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