Do you keep a journal – or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help. Several times a month, we’ll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write.
My family loves road trips. It can be an a few hours or an afternoon. We pack all sort of goodies for a picnic: sandwiches, cake, fruit, balls to play with, bubbles and a camera. With everything loaded in the car, we’re off. Sometimes we have a destination in mind near or far, a beach, a bubbling creek or river, a rain forest, or other times we drive in a favorite direction and see what can be discovered.
My daughter loves to explore. At first opportunity we pull off the road near an old train line. A creek babbles underneath the highway bridge, the wind stirs the long grass. Time to explore. My daughter loves to watch how the wind moves the leaves along the ground, landing on the water and floating away. She touches the smooth rocks dropping them into the water. She and Daddy love to sit by the creek talking about what they see and how it moves through the stream.
It’s their time for enjoying being together. Getting to know each other better and how they both see nature. There are no competing demands of household chores or technology. There is only us, in the middle of nowhere, exploring and enjoying being a family. Each mini-adventure is seen as time to enjoy each other’s company.
In your journal today, think about your last mini-adventure. How did you feel? Free? Excited? Or was it not what you hoped? Was it with your kids or perhaps it was a moment you had on your own?
Do YOU have a writing prompt to share with Literary Mama readers? Send your 150- to 300-word narrative and associated writing prompt to lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. We’d love to read your ideas!