A Memory From When You Were Ten

We are all experiencing isolation and disruption in our lives during the pandemic. Personal histories and storytelling can help us connect with others. Reflecting on past experiences can deepen our understanding of ourselves and others in our community.

  1. Think back to when you were around ten-years-old. Do any vivid memories come to mind? Ask yourself, why do you remember this experience so well? Connect emotions to this memory — curiosity, confusion, joy, surprise, excitement, sadness, anger, disgust, fear, or perhaps shyness?
  2. Find a way to get this memory out of your head. Try one of the following: if you like to write, write your memory down using descriptive language that illustrates the emotions you felt. If you prefer to draw, use color, abstract lines, and shapes to evoke the feelings and experience.
  3. Share what you made another person. Ask your friend (and yourself): What emotions do these words or marks express? Consider any feedback you feel might help you bring your memory to life.
  4. Translate your memory into a short poem, song, story comic, stop motion video, or play. Or, if you prefer, create a collage, photograph, drawing, or painting. Think about how art can immerse one in a setting, dramatic experience, or character. While you are creating, reflect on your work. Can you include a surprise or an unexpected moment? Unexpected moments keep your audience engaged. If you are using language— does your narrative or poem or lyrics have pattern and structure? Does it have a beginning, middle, and end?
  5. Share what you made using the submission form at the top of this page!