Today’s prompt is about a letter
Happy New Moon to you!
Write a letter to your 14-year-old self. Address that young person’s fears, concerns, questions, and insecurities. Offer reassurance based on what you now know as an adult.
The prompt comes from Deesha Philyaw.
Did I write to this prompt? Yes.
Is it a story? No.
I do not consider letters stories. Or at least not how I thought about the prompt today. I can think of them as an essay or a gift to the person I am writing to. I can see a letter as a way to reach a student. But I generally do not consider one letter a story.
I did take some trips down memory lane and think about what I would tell my 14 year old self knowing what I know now. I also wrote some situations that colored the way I see female friendships these many years later. I made some connections and thought about my freshman year of high school and remembered some details previously lost. It was not wasted time.
Often when I go back into my childhood I only remember school events or certain times with my Oma. I do not remember much from the house I grew up. There are flashes and Sunday dinners meld together.
After the starting the day with this writing I thought about how I quit dance because they wouldn’t let me do ballet. I quit baton because I never wanted to do it in the first place. [In my memory, this was my mother’s idea.] Sadly, many times that my feeling have been hurt by friends over the past 40+ years came back to me too. This was not a pleasant part of the day.
If I start the day with a story in response to the prompt and it comes quickly I feel lost the rest of the day so I have been writing more stories with other prompts. Today I took a line from a book I love by Jane Brunette and wrote a story to that ending line. There was lots of writing today in the edges amongst the technology issues I had to wrestle with today.
What did you write today?
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