I am an artist! Though I may not create beautiful poetic masterpieces, I do create pictures. Words are my paintbrushes. My art is more on the scale of cartoons or comics, but it’s art all the same! 🙂
In fact, that is how I see my life–like I’m living a comic strip. The little things that happen that are funny, witty, or have value on some level, those are the things that I try to remember so that I can capture the moments on paper.
I had never thought of myself as a writer. In fact, my love of writing began just a few years ago. It was influenced by two things. First, I realized that my husband has a horrible memory when it comes to the kinds of everyday details that I find memorable. I literally almost died after my first daughter was born, and it occurred to me that if I should die, my kids would have absolutely nothing to remember me by. So I started writing things down, mostly things about the children, in a scrap book.
Second, I had what seemed to me to be an unbelievably crazy travel experience. When it was all over I laughed and laughed about it. One day I thought, “I have got to write this all down. It’s just too good to let myself forget the details.” After I had written it, I showed it to my husband and asked him if he minded if I sent it to our friends. He had no objections to my sharing it, though he didn’t know why anyone would be interested in my silly little story. I emailed it to everyone on my list, and it was ever so much fun to read the responses–to know that others laughed and could relate. Many, in turn, wrote me stories of things that had happened to them. The next time something happened to me, I immediately wrote it down and sent it out. I was hooked!
By the way, after my husband saw how much people enjoyed my writing, he has been very encouraging, even being a good sport when I write about him. Though I had to laugh recently when I got my very first unsubscription to my blog…my husband! He was tired of deleting all those emails!
Click here to read my first story about a crazy travel experience!
I can’t wait!
Two wonderful reasons to write! I don’t have the greatest memory and one of the reasons I love blogging is that I can write it down before I forget the details. 🙂 Hopefully it’ll be fun one day to go back and read about our lives when the kids were little!
That’s great that you’ve discovered your love for writing. I have always loved writing and recently come across some short stories that I wrote as child. They are so cute to! I laughed at your response about men and their memories… they just don’t remember as much as we do! LOL! Can’t wait to see your story!
My grandparents used to do that – writing down all the funny little things that all their grandchildren said. Years later we would sit around laughing … My grandfather was also particularly good at captioning photos in a witty way in his numerous photo albums. I look forward to seeing more of your D90 photos with captions… I enjoyed the one of Joy with the puzzle the other day – a lot of life in it …
Warren Baldwin says
Writing is art, painting with words. YOu do a good job of it. wb
Warren Baldwin says
Note: When our kids were little I wrote down funny things they said or did. That is invaluable to us, now. When they were seniors in high school (one still is) I would keep a diary of their last year at home, without them knowing about it. That became valuable to them.
These are great reasons! I started to keep in touch with family and journal, but it’s grown a lot from there.
Haha! Levi unsubscribed from me too! hubbies…
Good for you! I think everyone should purse what they love, and it’s great that he’s supportive of that.
What a beautiful ways to have an epiphany, Esther! On one hand you felt the need to register things to be remembered, what a nice thought of a mother. On the other you turned bad in good properly and by sharing it you found another facet of your talent and another form of art expression. Your writings are blessings. Who can repay who gracefully makes us laugh? Thank you 😉
My husband doesn’t read either. He says he lives it. I never thought of myself as a writer either, but it is getting easier and easier to take on that title since I have ended up writing every day.
Its a wonderful talent – being able to write or paint with words. I’m not that good at it but do try. It would be nice to see some of your artwork:)