Time for Writer’s Workshop again!
This week I had some trouble choosing a prompt. See, here’s prompt #1:
1.) Baby fever is in the air. Describe what you would do differently as a first time mom.
To which I thought, “Yes, baby fever IS in the air!” You see, I have slowly been coming down with baby fever. I know mentally that I am not ready for a baby yet. I need to get healthy first. I need to get off any meds (even though there’s no proven risk in humans, I need to). The hubby and I need to be somewhere comfortable financially (a process I’m helping by leaving my job *cough*).
I know all of this.
But baby fever cannot be cured by reason.
It is especially odd, considering just one year ago there was no way in hell that I wanted a child. I knew I would eventually again. But for the couple of years before that, no way, not happening, no. It was a purely academic knowledge that at some point the prospect would probably be appealing again, and that if I never did I would regret it.
Then all of a sudden, my biological clock’s alarm went off, and I can’t find the damn snooze button! So I’m just living with the alarm going off every 10 minutes in my head, just like my cell phone does in the morning for me. It can also be triggered by cute children, like the ones I saw at lunch today.
See the second half of that prompt? The part about what would you do differently? I think that means I have to have some experience first. Fooey. So that one’s out.
So we’ll go on to #2, which also jumped out at me:
2.) What book captured your heart? Write about why the first book you loved is the first book you loved.
I know, I know, you’re all shocked, because I’m so not a book person (on a totally unrelated note, go enter my give-away!)
So. First book I really remember loving:
This book just totally captured my heart. The perfect rhythm. The clever rhymes. The element of “guessing,” even when you know all the answers! And, looking back, it’s all about animals, so I was doomed to like it from the start. I was at Goodwill with my hubby the other day and we came across this book, and I just cried out in joy! He’d never heard of it, so I opened it to show him. Funnily, I still knew the first words by heart:
“Is your mama a llama?” I asked my friend Dave.
“No, she is not,” is the answer Dave gave.
“She hangs by her feet and lives in a cave. I do not think that is how llamas behave.”
“Oh,” I said, “You are right about that. I think that your mama must be a….BAT!”
:-) OK, sorry if that’s not letter-perfect, I’m pulling the words out of my head, but it’s pretty dang close!
Later loves were The Boxcar Children, a kids mystery series, and Island of the Blue Dolphin, the first book I ever remember claiming as a favorite. And later loves can be found in my giveaway! (Had I mentioned that?) So go check them out and then play along!