Carolyn Roy-Bornstein was an avid writer until a family tragedy shook her world. In this month’s essay, she describes what compelled her to put pen to paper again:
“I knew at that moment that he needed to recover information about those lost days. My journal was filling in the memory gaps for him. He was learning things from the page that I could not bring myself to express out loud: the breadth and depth of my love for him, my deep sorrow at not being able to take away his pain, my guilt at being the mother of the one who survived this terrible accident, my guilt at feeling guilty.”
How public or private is your journal? Is it record of events, a list of secret desires, an inventory of frustrations? Describe your process and the audience for whom you write.