This past weekend I celebrated my birthday. Last year at this time I wrote to you to tell you how I anticipated the annual question, “what do you want for your birthday?” by asking for a specific present. I asked each of my kids and my husband to write me a story about an experience we had together (just the writer and me) that they loved or enjoyed or that had a specific meaning to them. The experience could be a trip or a special time we spent together or an activity we did.The stories lit me up, made me feel happy and grateful. And I still get to read them again and again.

So guess what? I asked for the same present this year but with a slight twist. I asked each of them to write me a story about an experience we had together as a family that they loved or enjoyed or that had a specific meaning to them. I asked them to tell me why the experience was important to them and what they enjoyed. Reading their letters brought back such fabulous memories and made me happy and feel loved and grateful for my family.

Recall a special experience you had with your family or with a friend, a parent, a child or someone else. This week’s writing prompt involves thinking of that experience, reliving it in your mind and then writing a story.

What was the experience?
Why was the experience special or meaningful?
How did you feel then? Now?
How was the person or people in your story important to making the shared experience fun and meaningful?

Write the story (and send it to your special person or people). In writing, you get to relive that special time again. How does that feel?

Happy Writing!

Best,
Melanie

P.S. Write all your stories down. Save them. You’ll be surprised how much it means — to you the writer and to those who read it. Often the first step in saving family stories is learning them, which means asking questions. Here are 5 to get you started.