I took many creative writing classes in college.
Something many people don’t know about me is that I crave poetry. I was taking 5-thousand level courses in my early college days. I had a friend, Melissa, who would illustrate all of the things I wrote. We spent hours and days just creating….playing with words and making them come alive visually.
I long for those days, for that creativity to come back.
My Professors talked a lot about writer’s block during class and how to overcome it. We learned various strategies, but one I remember to this day is to the tactic of thinking of any three things and creating something from them.
Recently, I’ve felt this block coming on. It’s horrible. I’m trying to break loose from it again, so I used the “three-thing” tactic I was taught and my mother’s birthday to experiment.
Happy 21st Birthday, Mama
That’s what my mother would say when she was less than thrilled with my behavior while growing up.
There were days I vowed never to be like my mother.
These days, I could only wish to be half the person my mother is.
I try to think of a new way to honor both my mama and papa on their birthdays via my blog since they live over a thousand miles away.
In light of my horrid block, I sent my mother this email,
what are your top 3 favorite things currently? be specific.
She responded (I mean, after she asked a hundred questions of course and pondered the question all.day.long),
Primitive painted wall cabinets and furniture. Crocks and jugs. Stitched samplers. Kind of a recurring theme here, eh?
I had three things to work with, and a blank Polyvore canvas to paint.
I’m visually inspired – obviously – come play along with these Pinteresting moments.
But these inspirations come from my mother. (For the record, after seeing these, you’ll understand how I’m a country girl. I grew up with a highly creative – but in a non-traditional way – mother and father. This is their style.)
Primitive Painted Wall Cabinets and Furniture
Crocks and Jugs
And a little bonus….
Happy birthday, Mom!
Love your guts,
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