December 15 Prompt
Author: Patti Digh
Creative is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative
Prompt: 5 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.
I’m totally behind on #reverb10, and this prompt has been swirling around in the back of my head since it was released. That said, when I set the timer to write this list, I spent some of the five minutes thinking “what else do I not want to forget?”.
I’ve distilled my raw points into the following list:
Things I Don’t Want to Forget About 2010:
Flora’s milestones and development. Flora learned to walk late – she was about 18 months old. I wasn’t exactly worried about how long she was taking but it was a relief when she finally got the confidence to get her feet under her. She learned to talk before that and she’s been talking a blue streak ever since. It’s been a lot of fun to watch her turn from a one-year-old into a two-year-old. Her imagination is huge and it’s such a joy to watch her play and learn.
Summer. I love summer. I am a summer baby and it is definitely my preferred season. We didn’t do too much out of the ordinary, but we did get to go visit friends and go to a cottage together for the day. Watching Flora hang out with our friend’s kids was a lot of fun. Hanging out in the hot tub after the kids went to bed was awfully nice too. We also did boat trips with my parents and went to the beach near their house. Beach days with my family are always fun – lots of food, drink and sand and water toys for everyone to play with. Even hanging out at home was fun. Sean barbecuing, going to the park to go on the swings, everything is easier and more relaxed in the summer.
Our January trip down south. Sean and I went to the Dominican Republic with good friends. It was wonderful to get away from the kids (they have a son four months younger than Flora), knowing that they were safe and having a wonderful time with their grandparents. It was also nice to take an all-inclusive trip while not being pregnant!
My girl’s weekend. In November, I got together with a bunch of girls I’ve known since high school. We live here, there and everywhere and don’t see each other often, but putting us all in the same room made for a lot of talk and a lot of laughs. The subject matter may have been slightly more mature (at times anyway), but it’s amazing how little things have changed between us. Very few pictures were taken (d’oh), but I hope we can make it an annual event so we need fewer pictures to commemorate it.
Blissdom Canada. Blissdom was a big deal for me. It was my first blogging/social media conference, and was my first opportunity to meet many of the people I see on Twitter and on their blogs every day. I learned a lot from the sessions that I’m using in my day-to-day life. Seeing everyone there also made me more aware that this stuff is a big deal to more than just me. I’ve been writing online a long time and I really enjoy it. Meeting like-minded folks both in person and via Twitter has made me realize that I am not crazy and I am not alone out here.
I hope that 2011 brings more of the same and that I’m able to remember even more great, uneraseable memories next year at this time.