Do you keep a journal – or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.
Three times a month, I’ll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you’ll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you’ll enjoy re-reading it months–and years–down the road.
Also: Every three months, I’ll accept submissions and choose a few pieces to post for LM readers to enjoy.
Last night, you asked it if was hard to be a mom. At that particular time, I was rushing to get dinner on the table, one ear tuned in to you, the other tuned into the argument that was brewing between your brothers in the basement.
I sighed and hurriedly answered, “Yes, sometimes it is, but it’s all worth it. Now go find something to do.”
My answer was rushed a bit flippant, but you were satisfied.
“Good,” you said, “cause I want to be a mom when I grow up.” Then, with a big smile, you skipped off to join the noise in the basement.
After you went to bed, I thought a bit more about your question and my answers. And yes, being a mom is hard work. In fact, sometimes it’s downright difficult. …
If you’re interested, you can read the rest of my letter in Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschoolers Soul (2006).
Journal Entry: Write a letter to your child. Is it hard to be a mom?