I'm beginning my tour as co-moderator of Blissfully Art Journaling this week, and kicking it off with a memoir study to inspire our writing. Using the book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant as a springboard, we will have a week of journal prompts to trigger childhood memories -- something we can then easily journal around.
The text of the book starts out this way: "When I was young in the mountains, Grandfather came home in the evening covered with the black dust of a coal mine. Only his lips were clean, and he used them to kiss the top of my head." She goes on to remember the simple pleasures of her country life in the mountains of West Virginia: the swimming hole, taking baths in the kitchen, and meeting up with a snake.
I'll post a quote each day this week of something I'm thinking of, along with a specific journal prompt. If you'd like to join in the fun, come back each day this week for a new quote and writing prompt. You can journal your memoirs, too.
Quote: When I Was Young and Still Growing, I often visited my grandma. She lived around the corner so it was a short trip. I loved to watch her bake bread. She would make a volcano shape with flour on a wooden board, and in the middle she would pour eggs and oil. Her kitchen always smelled so good.
Writing Prompt: Do you have memories of visiting a special relative?