Week 3 – Tasks

Task – Memoir, Week 3

Age

  • Whom did you form major relationships with in this period?  Briefly describe the dynamic of the most important ones.
  • Where did you live?
  • What was your community in this period?  Did you have one?  Was it satisfying, complicated, dramatic, supportive?
  • Describe one sound from this period.  Was there a song you listened to over and over?  Try listening to it now.  What does the experience bring up?
  • Describe one taste from this period.
  • Describe one smell from this period.
  • Describe a time you felt lonely during this period.
  • Describe a time you felt supported during this period.
  • What was the source of stress during this time?
  • What other memories feel significant to you from this time?

Task – Loneliness

Take 20 minutes  and allow yourself to write about a time in your life when you were most lonely?  What were the circumstances?  Were you surrounded by others or isolated?  Working or not working?

Now take the time to write about a time when you felt connected to others,  Who did you connect to?  Over what?  Can you reach out to the person now?  Is there someone else who comes to mind who might fill a similar role?

Task – Volunteer, Just a little

Where can you volunteer, even just a little, right now?  Perhaps it is the gift of time in a local soup kitchen.  Perhaps it is the gift of advice to one who is building a career in your area of expertise.  Perhaps it is the gift of listening.  We all have something to share.  What could you “give away, for fun and for free,” today?

Task – Strength in Numbers

List five people who have been supportive of you at different times in your life?

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Chris / Cee – have you thought about moving this to a private Facebook group? I think it would be more interactive. On FB, it would show up in my feed when there was activity. I’ve seen some pretty good discussions in the FB groups I belong to.

    Privacy is always an issue, of course, but it is here too. Anything you post can be shared somewhere else.

    But I’m struggling to interact with others and don’t know when something new got added to the posts.

    Nancy

    P.S. – I found Chris on FB (I assume Cee is also). We both did One Little Word in 2016 with Ali Edwards! I must not have participated much since I would have remembered seeing Chris’s name show up. Also, the privacy issue came up in a different of Ali’s groups. Someone posted something and it got pinned by another member to Pinterest. There was some good discussion around it and reminders that nothing is private on the Internet.

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  2. Yes, Nancy – on both points – sharing on FB and writing out the questions 🙂 I shy away from Facebook because I find it a personal rabbit hole but cannot deny it’s ability to facilitate groups. I am open to either way.

    Here are my memoir answers:

    Ages 9-12
    Whom did you form major relationships with in this period? Briefly describe the dynamic of the most important ones. Aside from parents I started noticing the boys and them me. Their attention woke something up inside of me and I felt valuable. We all know this isn’t what was happening but I distinctly remember thinking, “Me?” and feeling chosen and desired.

    Where did you live? Houston in the suburbs

    What was your community in this period? Did you have one? It was during this period where I first discovered drugs. I liked the drama and intrigue of it all. I liked the bad boys.

    Was it satisfying, complicated, dramatic, supportive? At this stage, it was still fun and thrilling. I was away from my parents and getting away with stuff.

    Describe one sound from this period. Was there a song you listened to over and over? Try listening to it now. What does the experience bring up? This is also the beginning of my taste for heavy metal. I don’t think I really cared for the music per se but I liked the angry, fast pace. Iron Maiden comes to mind. The loud music drowns out the incessant voices in my head. Still to this day loud music is my go to when I need to concentrate.

    Describe one taste from this period. Caffeine pills – yuck! I took too many one time and felt nauseous. I can still taste that burp.

    Describe one smell from this period. Cigarette smoke – I may have tried one or two but for sure the boys I was attracted to were smoking. It had a forbidden quality about it.

    Describe a time you felt lonely during this period. My parents were both heavy drinkers and fairly disengaged. I remember looking at other girls and feeling jealous of what I assumed was a different kind of home life.

    Describe a time you felt supported during this period. Eh.

    What was the source of stress during this time? Again parents. Also, I wasn’t as focused on school work …I started scrambling to finish homework and projects.

    What other memories feel significant to you from this time? Braces, glasses, the teacher who insisted on two different colored pens, learning cursive, bandana belts, cheating to finish homework, hiding in my closet, becoming isolated in the worst way…thinking I was the only one to feel this way.

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