Growing up, there was a small forest across the street from my home.
After crossing over a small creek, you would come to an immense oak tree that was unlike any other you’ve ever seen. Its thick, low branches jutted out in about five different directions from the same point, creating the perfect nesting spot for a young girl.
I would often head into these woods, crossing over the creek and climbing into my nest with my notebook in hand.
It was my Terabithia.
There, I would dutifully work on what I planned to be my first writing masterpiece — stories about my dog, Sam. These stories were a compilation of both fiction and non-fiction: How to Take Care of a Dog in Ten Easy Steps, Superdog Sam, Sam Saves the Day, and All About Brittany Spaniels were probably chapters in my masterpiece. I’m not sure if they really were because copies of my masterpiece never went to print.
Yet, the story of traveling into that woods across from my home to write has lived on in my memory.
When I think back to that home that I grew up in, I cannot separate my stories from that place.
Oh, those stories…
Like the time I went ice skating on the lake behind my house at dusk (when my mom told me not to) and broke through the ice near the shore. My skate and legs were sopping wet, but that was the least of my concerns once my mom found out what I did.
Or the summer we found an abandoned baby bird in the yard and adopted it. It slept on the screen porch and loved to eat Cheerios and powdered donuts. (Another story altogether.)
Or the New Year’s Eve my cousins and I stuffed balloons with confetti, blew them up and taped them to the ceiling in the living room. At midnight, we jumped up with pins in our hands and popped the balloons, sending confetti flying everywhere.
So many of our stories–good and bad–are tied to our notion of home.
That’s because our home is a major part of who we are.
When you think of the word HOME, what stories come to mind?
How has your HOME shaped your stories?
How had your HOME shaped you?
Where is HOME for you?
Join this month’s Invite to Write by writing about HOME and whatever that means to you. There are no rules here. We just want you to write whatever comes to mind.
Then, share a link to your online post using the InLinkz button below so others can read and respond.
Let’s grow this community of teacher-writers!
Special bonus: Everyone who writes and links up their post using the Inlinkz button above will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by the amazing Elle Luna. This is one of our favorite inspirational books for finding your creativity and living through it. We know you will love it too!
The winner will be announced on December 2, 2017, and contacted through their blog post. Your chances of winning depend on the number of entries. Thank you to Workman Publishing for sponsoring this book giveaway with their donation.
So what are you waiting for? The world is waiting for your story.
Now it’s your turn to write. Add a link to your HOME post in the comments of this post.