Saturday, May 28, 2011

What Was The Nicest Thing Any One Did For You?

Another question for your life story:

What was the nicest thing any one did for you?

I think a question like this can't have just one answer.  The more you think about the nice things people have done for you, the more things you think of.  This should be a great way to add to your life story.  Write down the first thing that comes to your mind.  Then as you think about more nice things that have been done for you, write them down.  Some times the incident may not have seemed like a good thing to start with, but later you discovered what a nice thing it was.

One Christmas, I was alone with my two young daughters.  It was 9:30 at night, and I didn't like answering the door after 9:00 p.m.  I hesitated to open the door.  There was only one knock.  Finally I looked out the window onto the front porch.  There was no one there.  My mind started imagining the worst things.  Maybe someone was checking to see if someone was home.  If no one was home they were planning to break in and rob or vandalize the house.  I got myself so worried that I went throughout the house making sure every window and door was locked and secured.  The next morning when I opened the front door to go out I found a bag beside the door.  Inside the bag were two baby dolls, one for each of my daughters.  It was the first time I ever experienced a Secret Santa.  Someone had done something so nice for my family, yet I had imagined the worst. 

Pick the nicest thing that happened to you and write about it.  Then write about all of the other nice things you remember too.  You will have a great addition to your story.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

What Books Do You Remember?

Here's another question to answer for your story:

What books do you remember?

I was thinking about books from my childhood.  I don't remember a lot of books, but I do remember some.  I can remember reading some of Dr. Seuss particularly, "Horton Hears a Who."  I remember "Mr. Popper's Penguins."  My parents read scriptures to us, and I still have a Bible story book that the cover is missing from.  We had a small set of encyclopedias which were very useful when you wanted to research a subject.  When I was in fourth grade there was a library a couple of blocks away from the school.  We had a long wait for the bus to come after school, so we would go to the library and check out books.  I remember checking out almost all of the biographies and autobiographies in the library.  I guess I've always like to read about people's life stories.  When you write your story, include the books you've read and enjoyed.  What goes into our minds does shape us and affects our thinking.  Make sure to include how what you have read has affected you.