If You Can’t Be There, Then Write A Story

Covid-19, thé pandemic and all, sure has thrown a monkey wrench into family gatherings, hasn’t it?

As first time grandparents, we see the tots on ‘FaceTime’, but you can’t hug a phone and expect an emotional response.

What about letter writing to the kiddos? Give them something to hold that came from you. A sheet of paper?

Here’s an idea. Take the letter writing a step further and write a story about something that is going on in your daily life. They’ll read it over and over. Well, their parents will. Maybe you can read it yourself on a FaceTime.

I did just that, wrote a story, and it’s been fun. It had to be a real story, something that actually happened with a fair dose of ‘writer’s license’. That is, I could stretch the truth a bit just to make it more fun.

Here’s the story, The Troublesome Stone. if you have young grandchildren, or your own little ones,?this would be a fun story to read. You may have to enlarge the pictures to read each page.



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Retired in 2013 after 5 years as an elementary school teacher and 40 years as a sales representative to begin anew as a school crossing guard. SMy essays/stories are a way to communicate through the telling of personal experiences. One reader said about my blog stories, "...these are like a cold sip during a marathon run, simple, real life events". Another offered about my blog, “it brings some sense of normalcy not easily found in the modern world.”

17 thoughts on “If You Can’t Be There, Then Write A Story”

    1. Maggie, was this your bedtime story? That’s terrific. The stone is the least of my trouble when it comes to feet. They’re just too old for the rest of me 😂. Thanks, Maggie!

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      1. Groundhogs – yes! They are a very common sight here, often ‘standing up’ along the roadways or in an empty field. Sounds like something to look forward to.

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  1. Your grandchildren will love the pictures as much as the story. Kids always pay attention to the pictures and must match what is happening in the story

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  2. Hi Steve! Glad to see you’re still writing! Especially now. Those grandkids will have stories that their grandparents wrote during the pandemic of 2020 forever! A history lesson for future generations. Very cute story and widely appealing to boot!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. It was fun to write and draw. I’m not a drawer but learned that if you focus and really think about what something looks like, then you can do it, or a reasonable facsimile thereof 😉


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