All it took was a stroll to the local stationery store. I write it all down, in no particular order. There it stood, decked in rose bushes wearing beautiful shades of pale pink, crimson red, butter yellow, and jasmine white, masses of them, raindrops hanging heavy from the soft petals, the air saturated with their cloying sweet fragrance.
But a picture does emerge, like a negative that sloshes around in the chemicals of the mind. I work hard at drawing out the wholeness of the experience and the richness of the surroundings from the well of memory. I spread out my white chart and using a felt pen divided it up into a neat grid.
What do I smell? Once these memories are pinned down I return to the chart and pick a memory I wish to write about. In my memory I walked down a long, narrow road, spring green paddy fields on either side. I simply pick one drawing from my chart and start writing.
A pair of brown shoes? It was such a simple idea. How does the air feel? As I inhaled the sweet scent it triggered an instant flashback.
This was the same grandpa she had spent several summers with.
I write so I can preserve my fragile world from disappearing into the mists of time. Then I started to put my amateur drawing skills to the test. What sounds do I hear?
What do I see? Rain battered down and a sudden gust of wind plucked the black umbrella from my young fingers and carried it away. First fuzzy, then hazy, then gradually the blur losing strength as the focus gets clearer. A vat of toddy? Sometimes details elude me, only to surface at the oddest of moments.
So when I arrive at my writing desk all charged up to spew out a word essay about my tree-climbing childhood, do the words trip off my pen with felicity? When I returned home the black umbrella found its way into a square on my chart.
I had watched the awesome sight of an airborne black umbrella with the complete fascination of a seven-year old, unmindful of the rain that soaked through me. I returned with a couple of sheets of chart paper and an assortment of colored pens.
Memory triggers After many mental maneuvers I hit upon a "memory trigger" idea that serves me well. I close my eyes, focus on one single memory, a moment in time, and ask myself a few key questions.
Whenever an object, a phrase, a book title, a piece of music, a smell or a color triggered a memory from my past I drew a picture into one of the squares on my chart.
The eerie stillness of night? As I strolled down the market one hot summer day an old woman holding a black umbrella shuffled along ahead of me. As I write, the words begin to flow faster and faster. Do I taste something?
The phone rang one morning and her mother from one continent away whispered that her grandpa had passed away.
More often the connection happens in a split second.
That, she says, changed her world. This single memory served as a crack-of-the-pistol moment for a complete essay on Moving House. I remember standing there, tender paddy stalks buffeted by a tugging wind. It helps anchor my memory and moors the flavors and essences that surround the memory.Whenever an object, a phrase, a book title, a piece of music, a smell or a color triggered a memory from my past I drew a picture into one of the squares on my chart.
The black umbrella. As I strolled down the market one hot summer day an old woman holding a black umbrella shuffled along ahead of me.
My scold, having called attention to its particular qualities, did make me realize that this umbrella was a peck above the usual umbrella rescue. For starters, it was green. I was dimly aware that that was unusual but it greenness registered more on my conscience as a risk than anything else.
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Share A Memory. Think of a memory you shared with them. It doesn’t have to be some big trip you went on, it can be something small like a Sunday morning breakfast that you enjoyed together.
To help you out, we’ve generated a list of birthday wishes and messages.Download