For MamaKat’s Writer’s Workshop I chose prompts #3 & #4:
3.) Write a list of 10 things that can be done to stave off boredom.
4.) “How many homes have you had? Write a journal entry about ALL the places you’ve called ‘home’ in your life.”
ALL the places I’ve called home? Honestly, Mama Kat? Wow. I am choosing this just to see if I can do it. (Mom, if you’re reading you can check and see if I left anything out.)
- I was born when my parents were in grad school (well, mom was finished and working but dad was still in) so we lived in Fayetteville, AR near the U of A. First house I remember was a rock house?
- Then a duplex there where dad had a motorcycle…
- A farmhouse in Hogeye, AR (yeah, that’s really the name!) I loved that house- guess from when I was 2-3. I remember the owner had a big scary white horse but he was nice. Also we had to help the cows get their heads out of the fence sometimes which I thought was funny and my little dog, Mona, loved to chase the cows. And I had the best tire-swing EVER!
- MuscleShoals, AL when I was 4 and I remember it was a pretty house with a fireplace and a nice patio where a cute greensnake would come and hang out with us. We had sunflowers that grew out back and that was the first time mom ever didn’t work and I loved it.
- Knoxville, TN when I was 5. We had an awesome backyard at the end of a cul-de-sac and a little woods behind our house where I could roam. Mom stayed home the whole time we lived in Knoxville and was like June Cleaver- making cookies and playdough, homemade eggroll wrappers even and tofu! My baby brother was born here and my dad died here.
- My grandparents house in Ancon, Panama.
- A nasty apartment in France Field, Panama- where we could hear voodoo drums sometimes (really.) My brother got pushed off the slide by mean kids and we saw a hammerhead shark.
- CocoSolo, Panama– my favorite home. Right by the ocean and across the street was my elementary school.
- Margarita, Panama when they closed CocoSolo. Much nicer house.
- Watertown, New York- Day’s Inn for 9 months until we found a house. I was 15 and got a little chubby for the first time in my life because we had to eat out every meal (think “SuperSize Me”)
- House in Watertown (finally.) Not to offend anyone but wow, I hated Watertown.
- Back to Panama! Apartment on Davis by the gym (good for me- by now a workout freak.)
- College dorm
- Apartment where the train would shake my bed at night. (college)
- Apartment where I was scared someone would come in the long window (college)
- Home to finish college (see 12)
- Married life- apartment on the hill until we were evicted for having a dog (all 2 lbs of her.)
- First house together on Olive. We remodeled the whole thing on my teaching salary.
- This house!
As an added bonus (woo-hoo)
I’m adding TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO STAVE OFF BOREDOM:
(Just a list kind of day I guess…)
- Have some kids, you’ll never be bored again. (Believe me!)
- Have some more kids if you dare.
- Take a walk anywhere.
- Take a road trip anywhere (can you tell I’m a Saggitarius?)
- Make something yummy with/for someone you love.
- Plant a garden.
- Play in the mud with your favorite kids.
- Make playdough and play with it.
- Clean your computer’s files (I’ve not been that bored in a LONG time.)
To join in on the fun go here.