Taking the Best Part of Us

At NCTE this year I attended a session on “Writing What Matters” with Tom Romano, Emily GeSlice of Life2tz, Mariana Romano, and Linda Reif. Linda shared a poem and asked us to consider a line, a thought, an idea that it sparked and write from it. I started slowly, then picked up speed. I soon realized that my random thoughts were taking me down a different path, so I left room in my notebook to explore that path.

Over the course of my kids’ growing years I revealed things about myself to them – my childhood memories,  my time as a young adult, the time before them.  Not everything came from me initially, though. Some things they discovered on their own. Maybe from the picture of me in a faded army jacket and blue paisley headband, long blonde hair hanging straight beyond my shoulders, my arms around two boys (one a friend, one more than a friend, and neither one their father), the Washington monument looming behind us. Maybe from the pins in my old jewelry box – McGovern for President, Childbirth Education Association, my mother’s silver violin with the strings you could almost pluck. Maybe from catching a look passed between Allan and me when one of them would do or say something that we recognized as us.

I remember Ann sitting at the computer shortly after she graduated from college, searching interesting cities where she might like to live. “Wait! You can’t just pick a city and decide to go live there!” I cautioned her. “Why not?” she replied. “That’s what you did.” It wasn’t long after that I stood in the early morning light waving goodbye to her in her tightly-packed car as she began the drive to the west coast.

 We teach our children through our words and actions, our past and present, our successes and failures. And, hopefully, they take the best part of us.

 

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4 Responses to Taking the Best Part of Us

  1. Loved talking to you about this memory at NCTE –wonderful to see how it come to life in your slice!!! You need to include one of those photos!
    Clare

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  2. arjeha says:

    Love this,Rose. Sometimes the photos and objects we keep tell more of our life than our words. They also are good conversation starters and lead us down interesting paths, some long forgotten,

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  3. I love the interweaving of your story with your daughter’s. It’s fun to walk down memory lane sometimes. There are many stories that live there.

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  4. It is fun and funny to revise your life through your growing/grown children’s eyes. It is funny the decisions we made that we want them not to- a mixed blessing for sure.

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