Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday Memory Madness


Today flew by, but I can't let Monday end before I play along with Dani's Monday Memory Madness. Talented Dani, over at Dani's Daily Drop, asks for us to share an early memory of writing. When I tried to think of something, I was surprised that nothing concrete really came to mind. What I do remember has to do with my early sketches as a young teen. I loved my sketch books as a child. Drawing gave me such joy and satisfaction during my emotional up and down teen years.

If you were to dig out my sketch books from my attic, you would find pages and pages of comic strip characters with a caption or two attached. I wish I could remember some specific caption that would be interesting to share. What I do recall fondly is my pride when my Dad showed off my little drawings to visiting friends and relatives. He would bring me into the room and rave about my early attempts at creativity. He was so generous in his praise and encouraged me to continue drawing and writing. At that time, I was just beginning to play around with poetry and I can still remember his encouragement when I shared one of my poems. It was a wonderful validation for my feelings and creativity. I keep my parents in mind when I make a big fuss about my kids' drawings and writing. All of their beautiful, unique, handmade Mother's Day cards are prominently displayed on my kitchen walls. That's my kind of kitchen decor :)

16 comments:

Dani said...

Lovely memory! It's wonderful that your father was so encouraging and positive about your interests. I'm hoping I can give my children this kind of encouraging enthusiasm in their interests, no matter how interested I am in the specific area. I think this kind of positive re-enforcement really builds confidence and shape wonderful people, like yourself! Thanks for sharing a memory!

Wendy said...

it is nice that you had that support from your parents. thanks for sharing

The Write Girl said...

Great memories...its so much fun to be creative. My favorite was art class. I remember one time we learned how to make a 3D card. I wish I could remember how to do it now. Oh well lol.

T Rex Mom said...

Great memory. The cards your children made sound delightful.

Banteringblonde said...

lovely post!

Creativity!! said...

Fantastic Post:)

Heather said...

Oh, how much fun is it to look back at things you did when you were younger? I love to see what I thought was important or funny back then. I have boxes of notes and doodles that my friends and I passed back and forth in grade school (and even some in high school) I always get a kick out of going through them. It's fun to see how much I've grown as a person since then... some of the notes were so petty!

shabby girl said...

Maybe you'll drag out some of your old sketches and post them?
My memory madness is that I don't have much of a memory left and it makes me mad! Ah menopause!

Rachel said...

All that art goes on my fridge, but I have been thinking of getting a bunch of frames and covering the walls, too!

Great post!

CDB said...

Oh, I hope you can dig a comic strip up for us to see!! That would be soo fun.

I hope you had a spectacular Mother's Day, you deserved it!

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...
You are so lucky to have supportive parents encouraging you to continue with what they saw as the beginnings of talent in a little girl! I had supportive parents as well and they left me with great memories to draw on as I go through life.

Dan

Juliet Colors said...

Ooh, I'd love to see your old sketches! What a fun memory.

Mervat said...

I would so love to see your old sketches...maybe scan some??

I have nominated you for lovely blog award at
www.thewritinginstinct.blogspot.com

kisatrtle said...

A great memory, indeed! My first memory of writing is probably a story I wrote about my very odd uncle. His name was Dave but in my story it was EVAD (backwards) and he was an alien monster. Not far from reality it turns out. LOL

Kim said...

So important for parents to praise their kids' creativity and accomplishments. Your dad sounds like a wonderful parent and all around smart guy! I'm trying to be really conscious of not stifling Deaglan. Even when he's doing something like exploring new areas he can get into, I try to let him finish and then gently redirect him. I don't want him to feel that he has to be an obedient little robot.

Valerie said...

Popped on to say two things, first is Hi, and the second is I really enjoyed reading your posts. I'll be back.