Thursday, October 30, 2008

Writer's Workshop........ Why do I Write??

Thursday, Thursday....oh how I love you Thursday!! You know why??? First of all, because you are one day away from the weekend, one day away from sleeping in and relaxing; but the most important reason why I love you, Thursday...is because it's Writer's Workshop at MamaKat's!!!

Why do I write???? Hmmm, where do I start??
1) Writing is very therapeutic to me. When I was younger I would write notes to myself; I would tell myself all the things “I” was feeling and what I should or should not do in school. (kind of funny to go back and read those notes---yes, I still have some of them). After my mom died, I would write in my journal about my emotions….when I was angry, sad, happy, crying (as a matter of fact, there are a couple of pages that have dried tear stains on them) about her death, I would “write it out”. I would write my mom letters and tell her everything I wanted to say; tell her about the kids. It was (still is) my way of communicating with her. Now, with blogging, my writing is therapeutic….a way to get it out, express my feelings, so they aren’t bottled up inside!!
2) Writing is a way to keep memories. I have scrapbooks from growing up, where I’d put pictures, movie tickets, pamphlets, cards etc…and I would write about everything associated with that memory. Each of my children has a very detailed baby book, where I write everything and anything that happened to them growing up… I’m more detailed about their younger years…but I will actually still write stuff in my 10 and 12 year old’s books. Even though I have tons and tons of pictures, I still write about each one (you know in the photo albums, next to the picture, there are a few lines--- I fill them up).
3) Writing is a way to communicate. Back in the “old” days, I used to love to write letters. I would write to my long distance friends and family at least once a week. My ex-husband was in the Marine Corps, stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA and I would write him letters a couple times a week; and I longed to receive love letters back from him!! I actually still try to encourage my children to “write” letters to their friends and family. Now, I do still love to write letters, but now they are e-mailed instead of stamped, taken to the mailbox and delivered by the postman.

I’m a very vocal, talkative, out-going, people-person (just ask Joe--- I think he wishes I’d “shut-up” sometimes…ha-ha) and I love to communicate; I love to keep memories that I can share with my friends and family….and I need to express my feelings so I don’t blow up!!!

Does anybody else love these quite as much as I do (besides Joe...who would've eaten the whole batch last night if I let him)? Does anyone else like to do the whole "pumpkin thing" just so you can get a salty, crunchy, tasty snack??
ALSO, does anyone have any ideas/remedies/suggestions on how to keep the carved pumpkin from going bad and getting mushy?? Is there something I can sprinkle inside of it or spray on it??

11 comments:

Diane said...

Oh, I'm SO with you on the therapy!! And journals are a lot cheaper than psychologists ;)

Kelly said...

I also keep a journal. I have kept one since my first day in high school and still have them all! It is fun to go back and read about how tragic life was at 16 and "so-and-so" didn't like me! I LOVE pumpkin seeds! They are my favorite part of pumpkin season!

Michelle said...

Great post Melissa!

Oh, I wish you would have been around last night to roast our pumpkin seeds. I was too lazy and just pitched them!! Bad mommy!

Keyona said...

Looks like most of us write for the same reasons. I have tried to promise myself to write everyday to lift my spirits and to get anything off my chest! It has been really great for keeping those memories of my daughter alive. It's funny how quickly I can forget something she just did last week.

Stu Pidasso said...

I still write letters to my family and friends. I have four nights a week where I write two letters and send them the next day. Nothing brings a smile like getting a letter in the mail, and it is soooo personal in nature.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

All I saw was pumpkin seeds. :) Seriously, those things are divine!

Weeksie50 said...

Yeah, I am so with you on the therapy.. I have been having to write because I my retail therapy has been getting out of control..lol.

Jennie said...

those are all great reasons to write... I have heard that you can rub the cut edges of a pumpkin with lemo or lemon juice to help prevent it turning so fast....

Los said...

I remember writing notes to girls in middle school ... I doubt that happens much now - most kids are probably just texting ... sigh.

Ashley said...

I was told to rub vaseline on the cut out portion area on your pumpkin to keep it from wilting to quickly!

Mama's Losin' It said...

I second your entire list for writing. I wish everyone would give it a try.