March 1, 2013
Linda M. Penn
I hope you aren’t jealous, but…I just created a list of 20+ ideas for children’s books, because my husband, Gil, and I are downsizing! Authors, parents, and teachers, let me explain.
After a few years of thinking about moving, Gil and I found a patio home we couldn’t live without (okay, it was just me). Never mind that it was January and who ever thinks of moving in winter? Well, Gil and I did, and we bought the patio home, with those dreaded thoughts of how long we might have to keep up with two houses.
Contrary to the economic pessimism we heard so much in news reports, we put our four bedroom, three story home up for sale in February and promptly got a contract in three days! WHAT? Yes, it was true. So much for bad economic news reports! We were finding ourselves thrust into immediate decisions about just how to downsize – how to get our 23+ years of “stuff” into a two bedroom patio home.
After recruiting help from daughter, Lisa, and son-in-law, David, we began sorting and boxing. We had four categories: 1) new home, 2) sell, 3) charity, 4) trash. It is amazing how many memories were jogged in our minds. From here came ideas for stories!
I took time-out to get paper and pen to start a list for my future best sellers! (Stay positive, right?) Here are just a few of the things that caught my attention for story ideas:
1) A baby doll bed that Lisa would stuff her younger friend, Brittany, into, when they were little kids. (never sure why Brittany didn’t object to that) 2) A box full of baby teeth from the other daughter, Natalie. (How did she get them back from the Tooth Fairy?) 3) A stuffed unicorn with bandaids all over it. (Granddaughters Ally and Samantha love to play doctor) 4) Wedding dresses (Why do I still have these anyway?) 5) A huge box of napkins from wedding receptions (I wonder if the girls will want these at their 25 and 50 wedding anniversary parties?)
Wow, I can’t wait to write about these things. NO TIME – GOTTA GET READY TO MOVE! Hey, it is March and Spring is coming. Unfortunately, the lion is still is charge where I live – cold, windy, and snowy.
In closing, the next time you need an idea for a story, go through your “stuff”. Where did this item come from? Who was with you? How were you feeling at the time?
Let me know how you get ideas for your stories. PLEASE COMMENT!
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