This post about a Christmas family gathering does not come from my experience, but it has, in part, become part of my story.
This month, I stepped outside my comfort zone and volunteered to do something from which, in the past, I probably would have shied away.
The daughter of an ex-coworker and long-time friend posted on social media that she was looking for poetry/creative writing friends to participate in a collaborative project. Not knowing what she had in mind, I threw my comment in and responded with “Ex journalism major and current blogger. Can I help?”. When others asked what she had in mind, she responded with “I need help turning some memories into a poem or short story!”
So, completely against my introverted tendencies, I did something astonishing. I responded with “I’ve been known to create a rhyme or two. You can evaluate it and make your decision.”
She private messaged me and thanked me for responding. Then she explained that she had some memories of Christmas at her paternal grandmother’s house where every year, all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins would gather. Her grandmother has been gone for 3 years now, and she wanted to document those memories in the form of a poem or short story to share with her family. She asked me if I was familiar with “A Cup of Christmas Tea”, and I admitted I was not. But I assured her I could look it up and give the project a stab.
Amanda, the young lady in question, then sent me a little over a page of memories of Christmases spent at her Grandma Pricilla’s house. And luckily for me, I caught a bug and was down and out for a couple of days, so I did not see her email for a bit. Because when I did, and read about her cherished and fun-filled memories, I panicked. What was I thinking volunteering for this gig? I’ve written poetry before, but had never shared it. I’m an introvert. I don’t do this stuff!
But I had made a commitment, and gave it a shot. I sent Amanda a draft, she tweaked one little section, and then told me she liked it!
It was scary for me, but I am so glad I stretched outside my comfort zone.
I hope you enjoy The Christmas Family Gathering and Amanda’s cherished memories.
My first published poem