Episode 91 – I Remember…

Welcome to episode ninety-one of the Life Writers Vlog.

This week, we write to a fun prompt called I Remember.

Pick a broad time period from your past and write a list of memories, each starting with I remember.

Set a timer for ten minutes, don’t think too much, and let the memories flow.

Then, share your list story in the comments section below, and let us know how it felt to write a story in this way!

But always remember, the only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all!

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Dar Lamb
1 day ago

From the age of seven to seventeen I lived on the farm. My soul remembers. When I die, my ashes are being returned to that holy ground.

Idalia
2 days ago

Wow! This exercise brought tears to my eyes but I kept writing about a period of time before the age of nine. My family was part of a social club that represented the town they came from in Puerto Rico. Families in the 50’s-60’s supported one another as they traveled to New York from the Island to acclimate to a state-side way of life. I remember it was a place in Jerome Avenue where we’d go up the steps to gather on Sundays after church. I remember adults spoke about business first then the party, eating and socializing began. I… Read more »

Linda Peterson
3 days ago

I Remember

Nancy Archibald
3 days ago
Reply to  Linda Peterson

This story shows your love and concern for your growing family from the viewpoint of a grandmother.

David Godin
4 days ago

After a few days, I like the list format because I can add to it anytime with more memories.

Etya Krichmar
4 days ago

After completing the first version of this assignment about my daughter, I want to share my second one, dedicated to my son. Enjoy! I tried attaching the file, but it did not work. Here is a copy.     I Remember I remember the time my water broke. It was almost dawn I remember your father’s sleepy face in the bathroom, watching me, not knowing what to do I remember him calling his friend, Tommy, an EMT, to take us to a hospital I remember dressing up for the ride. I remember opening the front door to greet Tommy I… Read more »

Judy
5 days ago

Trying again

Nancy Archibald
3 days ago
Reply to  Judy

This is a child’s dream come true.

Judy
3 days ago

Thanks Nancy.

David Godin
4 days ago
Reply to  Judy

A beautiful piece. Love is shown through an ordinary event, eating ice cream.

Judy
3 days ago
Reply to  David Godin

Thanks Dave, I actually wrote this in just a few minutes. Once I started eating the ice cream with Hershey’s syrup, all those memories came back in a flood.

Etya
Etya
5 days ago
Reply to  Judy

Judy, so much better, told from your heart. So poignant and revealing.

Judy
5 days ago
Reply to  Etya

Thanks Etya.

THIERRY LAGARDE
5 days ago
Reply to  Judy

Love and contentment through ice cream and syrup. It is somehow the blessing of those who had fewer things growing up. A richness.

Judy
5 days ago

Thanks Thierry, I was eating vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and all these memories came back. It was all pictured in my mind. It took me about two minutes to write.

Judy
5 days ago

Here is my second “I remember” story. Enjoy.

David Godin
6 days ago

My entry about my college years.

Nancy Archibald
3 days ago
Reply to  David Godin

Yes, those college years. How we learned so much more than what the professors taught us.

THIERRY LAGARDE
5 days ago
Reply to  David Godin

Wish someone had droped me in a dorm somewhere, anywhere! What a great portrayal backed by great american albums, the best and the worst with the Vietnam war. Sliding on the floors in your underwear and the AWB posterior ( I had to check it out and now remember the sound of that group). This is material for American coming of age movies.

Judy
6 days ago
Reply to  David Godin

College in a nutshell.

Etya
Etya
6 days ago
Reply to  David Godin

Very nice, Dave. I was there with you.

THIERRY LAGARDE
7 days ago

I REMEMBER BY THierry Lagarde

Nancy Archibald
3 days ago

Thanks for sharing your memories of your first work experiences as you learn about the outside world.

Judy
6 days ago

Really interesting chain of events, Thierry. Begs to know more.

THIERRY LAGARDE
5 days ago
Reply to  Judy

When we have a peek at our lives in that matter, I find it gives a strange twist to the notion of time. Our lives hold in a few ”chained” words as you say.

Etya
Etya
6 days ago

Interesting memory.

THIERRY LAGARDE
5 days ago
Reply to  Etya

Yes, it just suddenly resurged.

David Godin
6 days ago

I guess I don’t feel bad about military food anymore.

THIERRY LAGARDE
5 days ago
Reply to  David Godin

I enjoy eating just about any food and curious to discover more. But that episode!

THIERRY LAGARDE
7 days ago

I usually respond well to prompts. Listing works, in various ways. On our last Tuesday Write and Read. After the three stories were given feedback. one group memeber suggested we read our individual brainstorming lists. It was revealing to read them as a story in itself.

Etya Krichmar
7 days ago

I enjoyed writing to this prompt. Here is my version of I Remember.

Nancy Archibald
3 days ago
Reply to  Etya Krichmar

Such a powerful account of your mother-daughter relationship. Thanks for sharing.

Etya Krichmar
3 days ago

Absolutely!

THIERRY LAGARDE
5 days ago
Reply to  Etya Krichmar

So strong, complete.and somewhat joyful. Loved the Vatican alarm moment! And then… remoteness and you, silenced, in a way. Good for you that you wrote this piece Etya.

Etya
Etya
5 days ago

Thank you so much, Thierry.

Judy
6 days ago
Reply to  Etya Krichmar

Perfect.

Etya Krichmar
6 days ago
Reply to  Judy

Thank you, Judy.

Etya Krichmar
7 days ago

This sounds like fun, Patricia. I will do that and post when it is ready.

David Godin
6 days ago
Reply to  Etya Krichmar

So many details, and special moments. This is a story your daughter can save and cherish.

Etya
Etya
6 days ago
Reply to  David Godin

I don’t think she will be interested.

Judy
7 days ago

Here is my “I Remember” story: list structure

Nancy Archibald
3 days ago
Reply to  Judy

You gave a snapshot of your cousins’ lives, reflecting family and religious values. Your reaction to Uncle Martin’s discipline shows something about yourself as well. Well done.

THIERRY LAGARDE
5 days ago
Reply to  Judy

I can understand why you felt sad and embarrassed for Marvin. The whole atmosphere is sadening and hits home, for the trio of M’s.

David Godin
6 days ago
Reply to  Judy

A list of people important to you, and the end with Marty becoming a Lutheran minister.

Etya Krichmar
7 days ago
Reply to  Judy

Interesting list, Judy. The thought kept running through my head. Why this memory? There must have been something that triggered this memory of your cousins. What was it?

Judy
7 days ago
Reply to  Etya Krichmar

I honestly don’t know what triggered that memory. It just crept into my mind so I wrote about the time with the cousins. I just realized Patricia wanted this over a broad stretch of time., I didn’t do that here. I might try another one.

Julie Folkerts
7 days ago

Enjoyed writing this “I Remember” story.

Nancy Archibald
3 days ago
Reply to  Julie Folkerts

Grandma White’s love, home and stability must have meant much to you as you moved across the country. You have captured who she was in the eyes of her granddaughter.

THIERRY LAGARDE
5 days ago
Reply to  Julie Folkerts

Julie. you give a greatnportrait of what makes living worth while. The ordinary everyday settings and the extraordinary, in the eye of the beholder. You brought this home back to life.

David Godin
6 days ago
Reply to  Julie Folkerts

A great memory of your grandmother over time, and the things you shared with her.

Etya Krichmar
7 days ago
Reply to  Julie Folkerts

A beautiful memory of your grandmother. I felt the happiness, joy, and sadness you experienced visiting her. Well done, Julie!

Satish K Shukla
7 days ago

I remember growing up in a land- and amid the aftermath- illegally occupied by European colonialists who predators like pounced on everything good only to leave everything bad, terribly worsened in fact. Now that’s like opening old suppressed anti colonialism feelings’ Pandora’s box. Space here won’t suffice in accommodating revealing telling. But I remember! I will better record my treatment of the subject “I Remember” in a literary book.

Nancy Archibald
3 days ago

This sounds like the start of an interesting memoir.

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