“Exercise 9: Free writing a memory. Choose a moment you don’t remember well and free write about it in the present tense. Any memory fragment will do. Here are a few memory sparkers if you don’t have one in mind: your earliest memory, an embarrassing moment, an experience that took your breath away, your first kiss.”
-from the book Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer
I really like how her toes curl around the bench she’s sitting on. They look a lot like what I think my toes will look like when I get older. She is exactly what I hope I look like when I grow up. I wonder what the name of her cat is? I wonder if she knows who I am? I wonder if she lives in my neighborhood?
Do you think she’s nice? I think she smells good and gives really good hugs. When I’m a grownup, I want to live in a house like that. With windows that go all the way to the ceiling and a chair that attaches to it. I like to look at this picture on the front of Daddy’s record album because it makes me feel happy and safe, just like her music and my house.