Matilda Butler, ABC’s of Writing, #20
It’s the fourth of July and I hope you’re NOT reading this. I like to imagine that you’re in your kitchen fixing your favorite red, white, and blue dish (one year I made a vegan banana cake with a topping of blueberries in one swath, raspberries in a second, and smashed bandanas in the third), or at a picnic with family or friends, or getting ready to watch fireworks locally or even on television.
But just in case you are reading this, I’d like to talk about the importance of traditions in our lives. Traditions carry our stories from year to year and from one generation of family members to the next, and even from family to friends. Never underestimate the power of traditions in our lives. They form part of our DNA.
Let’s assume you read this post late on July 4 or sometime in the following week. You have just been through this year’s version of July 4. It may have been filled with well-remembered tasks or it may have brought new elements into the day. But whatever your day was like, spend about 10 minutes writing about those elements that most represent July 4th to you. Write about the traditions that you want to share with your children and grandchildren or with good friends. Think about all the small details as well as the sounds and scents and tastes and sights of the day.
Maybe you’ll start a journal or a computer directory and fill it with stories of treasured family traditions from across the years.
CELEBRATING JULY 4th ANOTHER WAY
Over at Women’s Memoirs, we’re also celebrating the fourth of July by announcing the winners of our memoir writing contest with its categories of FOURTH OF JULY and INDEPENDENCE. We had many contest entries and have chosen the best of them. Today, we’re publishing the pair of First Place winners in the Fourth of July category and the two tied First Place winners in the Independence category.
Here’s the link to the full list of winners:
The following links will be live at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm (PDT). Be sure and check out these stories. The first of these make all of us long for our own strong traditions that are shared and treasured across generations.