Monday, May 12, 2014

Memories

My family and I drove to my mom's house for Mother's Day weekend. She still lives around Fargo, North Dakota, where I grew up, although not in the house where I spent my childhood. But every time I'm there, as I drive the streets where my friends lived, pass churches and schools I attended, and gaze at parks and bike trails where I played and biked, I remember. Memories wash over me, snippets of my life return, and I'm seven or seventeen all over again. It's powerful, as memories tend to be.

And it's also beautiful because I had a wonderful growing up, but I know many kids do not and have not. And this is why I write for kids. Because memories -- whether good or bad, lovely or hard, things we want to remember or things we'd rather forget -- mold us into who we are and who we are becoming. And maybe, just maybe, books can be part of the good, the lovely, and the things we want to remember. And maybe they can help heal the bad, the hard, and the things we'd rather forget.

I hope to have books out there someday that do these things.

19 comments:

  1. Awesome you got to visit your Mom for Mother's Day. And that it brought back good memories. I was one of those kids without many happy ones. But I'm trying to create a lot of them for my daughter.

    And my mom is visiting for Mother's Day, which is nice.

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  2. Mother's Day is a great day for memories. I traveled to see my Mom yesterday and hope she'll be reading my book some day. Good luck in your journey.

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  3. Glad to hear you had a lovely Mother's Day, Barbara. I visited my mom yesterday too.

    Books can definitely help kids grow up, and they surely do help heal and soothe. I'm confident that you will have a book out there someday that kids will cherish.

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  4. I'm sure those books will be out there, Barbara. You've got the drive and talent.

    Great to share the day with your mom.

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  5. Lovely, Barbara. I can't think of a better reason to write for kids.
    Glad your mother's day was so special!

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  6. I love the way you explained why you write for kids. It's how I feel too, but was never able to articulate very well. Child-hood memories are so precious and like you, I had a good one!

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  7. I feel the same way! So glad you got to return home this past weekend :-) I live in the town I grew up in, so maybe that's why I'm like a 13yo girl stuck inside a 34yo body ;-)

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  8. Beautiful! I get a bit nostalgic when I go home too. Some things don't change, some things have changed so much. I love that you want to help kids find happy memories.

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  9. It's so great to be able to slip into your memories like that!

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  10. Aw, what a lovely post! I agree, books are most definitely a great way to form good memories. I have no doubt that your own books will be able to achieve this someday!

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  11. Beautiful reasons for writing for children :-) Your heart is in it for all the right reasons. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and we sure hope your books will get out there!

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  12. I hope you can have those books out there, too. Will be one of the first in line to get them.

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  13. Beautiful, Barbara! I know what you mean. I don't get to my home town as often as I like, but I do feel like a kid again. It's great that you can draw on these memories; it keeps your writing authentic.

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  14. Funny, I was missing home yesterday for all the same reasons. Your writing is lovely, Barbara and I'm certain you will someday have those books. You're passionate about it and that will see you through! :)

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  15. That's the best thing about books--they can mean so many different things for so many different people. And that's a beautiful reason for writing, Barbara.

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  16. So sweet! You made me miss my home town, and here I thought I'd been gone long enough that little twinge of longing had been subdued. *sigh*

    I look forward to the day I can read one of your books. =)

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  17. Ah, yes. This post is like a cool drink of refreshing water. Thanks! I think our memories and all that shapes us can be shared, and can include books that share those memories in the midst of story. :)

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  18. It's great that you got to visit for Mother's Day. And any memory triggers are great for a writer. Smells and hit songs work too!

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  19. What a beautiful post! Memories are so amazing and connect us to places, people, times, and events. I love the way you explained why you want to write for kids and I agree with you. I do believe books can be bright spots in the growing up process- I know books stand out to me from my childhood.

    So glad you got to take a trip down memory lane. :)
    ~Jess

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