What has made you, you?

rooster dreamstimeby Mary May Larmoyeux

Betty Holbrook, editor of the Perry County Headlight, wrote about skate keys, encyclopedias that were held, paper dolls, and much more in her January 29, 2014, newspaper column “Looking Back.”

Betty says that times are changing … that even cursive writing and grammar now seem to be going out of style. Admitting that she’s from  “the old school,” she says, “If we hadn’t had all those things when we did, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Then she made a comparison that I think I may always remember. “Those items were part of us; what made us. Just like a Christmas card list of people who have touched our lives in some way and left an impression, so did those items of long ago.”

Like Betty, I think that as we look at the past, we can better understand the present.

Years ago I asked my mother to write about her childhood; today I’m grateful that she did. In a yellow spiral notebook she told about her pony, rooster, the Great Depression and much more. “TVs were unheard of when I was growing up,” she said. “My family had a big cabinet radio on legs.”

I don’t know that world. But the relationships Mom formed and the experience she lived through made her who she is today.

I would never know what “made” my mom if she hadn’t jotted it down.

What people and places and things are like a Christmas card list to you? Who or what has touched your life in some way, leaving an impression that just won’t go away?

Is it time to write down what has made you, you?

Storywriting Journey:  This week jot down the relationships, world events, books, and experiences that have impacted your life. Why do you believe what you believe? Did any pastor, politician, or teacher change your life? You may want to begin your own “yellow spiral notebook” so a generation you will never meet will know who you are. And if you get a chance, would you please leave a comment about someone or something that left a lasting impression on who you are today?

Copyright © 2013 Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
© Andrei Calangiu / Dreamstime Stock Photos

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3 thoughts on “What has made you, you?

  1. Karen Jordan February 3, 2014 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Great idea to jot down some memories to explain some of the changes in our culture, technology, education, recipes, etc. Thanks for more great writing prompt ideas, Mary.


  2. marymaylarmoyeux February 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Thanks, Karen. Sure appreciate you!


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