I’ll start by asking you a few questions and end with a short list of the 5 reasons for you to write a memoir that captures the character & spirit of your mother. The Mother Memoir is a short, true tale—a bio-vignette—of just a few pages, so it is doable!
Will you let your mother’s significance simply fade away?
- How will you make sure that doesn’t happen?
- Did you know you can learn a great deal more about your mother by looking at her from the inside out?
- Do you want future generations to know something about her that only you can share?
- If you feel old wounds open when thinking about your mom, do you want to find an avenue to help heal them?
- Would it feel good to have your mother remembered with a simple written record?
- Do you see the value of sharing Mother Memoirs as a significant means not only to connect with your mother, but to connect with the spirit of women from various walks of life?
- Today’s society puts emphasis mostly on “self;” isn’t chronicling the spirit of others a breath of fresh air?
- If you don’t write it down, it will be lost. Wouldn’t that be a shame?
(Please leave me a comment on your answers to any of these questions.)
She’s your mother, maybe your grandmother, or another woman who made you feel like a daughter or a son. Have you ever really stopped to think who she actually is as an individual, as a woman unto herself? What aspect of her being, which quality, action, or anecdote could you draw upon to bring the essence of her character to light in a short memoir, which will give someone reading your story a pretty good idea of what she is or was like, as seen through your eyes?
At times she is mysterious, other times transparent. But of this you can be sure, she’s not the same woman to anyone other than you. For our purposes here, we’re not going to get philosophical, and we’ll leave the psychoanalysis to the docs. Explore her multifaceted character and complex inner make up to discover certain aspects of her spirit that stand out. Use some of those qualities to allow her character to come to life by writing about her individuality in a short, true tale.
What do you most remember about her and want others to know about her? What significant parts of her character seem to be hers and hers alone? Seize that little gem you’ve conjured up in your mind’s eye. Take hold of it, round it out, and polish it as you develop it into a true story that will reveal who she is at her core.
The exhilarating experience of writing a memoir about your mother will be absolutely unique. There is no one else who has your particular memories and your familiarity and understanding of the people, places, incidents, and events that were a part of her life, some of which you will portray in your Mother Memoir. There is not a soul on earth who has your voice – let it ring clear and true.
Summing up it up in 5:
- Keeping our mothers’ spirits alive. There is no better way to pay tribute to a loved one than through a simple written record. A photograph captures a look at best, whereas a bio-vignette captures character and spirit.
- Understanding more and gaining wisdom. The wisdom of the ages is contained in our spirits and revealed in how we lead our lives and the impact our actions have on others. Actions can be crowned by positive achievements, bent by negative influences, clouded by perceptions, and colored by perspectives. It’s up to each one of us to sort it out.
- Discovering the secrets of women from different walks of life. An array of possibilities for embracing life unfolds before us when we read true stories about mothers different from our own. Shared wisdom compels compassion, understanding, and unity.
- Creating catharsis. When the relationship between a mother and her daughter or son is or was difficult or rocky, the outcome of writing a short, true story about her usually results in emotional or psychological healing.
- Becoming richer from the experience by actually writing a bio-vignette. For those of us, TellTale Souls, who have embarked on this journey, we reach the other side more thoughtful, more knowing, and more satisfied. In a nut shell, writing the Mother Memoir is stimulating, enthralling, poignant, cathartic, and uniting.
The Story Woman™ asks daughters and sons to write Mother Memoir to keep spirits alive.