It’s Wednesday, which means that it’s time to join with Jamie and the other wishers at Jamie Ridler Studios. Today’s prompt is
What of Your History Do You Want to Remember?
There are some difficult pieces of my history, things that I don’t remember because I choose not to remember them. This morning as I was writing, though, I was reminded that there are a so many things in my past, so many things in my history, that are good and strong and worth remembering.
- Creativity. I come from these incredible women who painted. Quilted. Sewed. Cooked. Gardened. Sang. And in spite of all of my father’s flaws and mental illness, he too was creative. When we were kids, he built us this incredible swing set/jungle gym made out of four-by-fours and PVC pipes. No pre-bought kits or plans, just springing out of his imagination. Those creative legacies made me confidently declare at age four that I was a writer. As I occasionally struggle with my own creativity, with my writing and photography, as I take steps into creating with sewing, I want to remember that I have this history – this legacy of creativity to draw from as I make my own way.
- Hard Work. There is lots of hard work in my history. There was no other choice. My father owned a sawmill, and we worked in it because he couldn’t afford to pay adults to help him. So at 9-10-11, I was catching boards as they came off blades, rolling logs, running chainsaws. My Sner worked in a shoe factory and then became a truck driver to support us. I’ve worked hard as an adult. Whatever has needed to be done, has been done. And as we work through the coming months, I want to remember that I have done hard work, I come from people who are not afraid of hard work, and who will do what needs to be done.
- Support and Love. While we are small, we are mighty in the love and support we offer each other. When someone is in need, we do whatever we can to help…even when it hurts us, even when we aren’t sure that our help is truly going to make a difference. We help.
- Strength. We overcome and we persevere. I overcome and I persevere. I have been through the depths of despair and come out the other side. There is a wealth of strength, not only in my history in my legacy, but in my self.
What in your history do you wish to remember?