I really enjoyed this year’s October Memoir Challenge hosted by Jane Ann McLachlan. The themes kicked up a lot of creative energy for me. Although, I must admit that some of the themes, particular the one about Secrets, inspired pieces that were more essay than memoir.
I was intrigued by the discussion that sprang forth on my blog for Mother and Me, Age 23, a time in life for taking big steps toward independence (when all goes well). I was surprised by the Facebook conversation that popped up about my Shallow Roots post. I wasn’t surprised at all that the most loved photo was the one of tiny me in my saddle shoes with the black cat so I pasted it again below. I loved that my brother and my cousins helped me identify all the people in the photo of my mother and her siblings when she was six years old: Mother and Me, Age 6 — a collaboration made possible by Facebook!
I’m posting a table of contents, today, of all of my memoir posts in case you missed any of them.
First week’s theme, Childhood:
Second week’s theme, Relationships:
Third week’s theme, Secrets:
Fourth week’s theme, Roots and Wings:
Fifth week’s theme, Gratitude and Regrets:
Did you have a favorite among these memoir pieces? That would help me know what to post more of in the future — thanks!