Chapter 4 of On Being a Writer, is about noticing the details and capturing them however you can. The assignments this week are going to take me a week or more to do, but I think it will be a good thing. I need to notice at least three details every day and record them however I can, if that is on paper or One Note or sticky notes or even advertising mailers.
Today is Christmas, so the details are abundant today.
- The pile of wrapping paper with black and red and white and silver colors.
- The lights on the Christmas tree. The bubble lights that aren’t working, the big bulbs, the white twinkles.
- The ornaments. There’s a dog, and a Coca-Cola ornament. There’s several hand painted and hand made ornaments.
- The teenagers playing with their younger cousin in the back yard. The laughter.
- The smell of cinnamon on the ham. The smell of yeasty bread.
- The cherry pink salad and the homemade pumpkin pie.
- The Christmas songs at church that sounded different without instruments.
- The hugs of old acquaintances but not good friends. I long for a good bear hug from a good friend.
- The length and pressure of my hair. I need a good haircut. I know this seems trivial, but I’ve pulled my own hair today, at least three times!
- The noise of the TV. My MIL and her husband are quite deaf, and the TV volume makes up the difference.
- The sadness of Little Bit’s face as she got left behind when Boo went to spend the night with the cousins.
- The warmth. It’s 45ish degrees at home. It’s 75ish degrees in Louisiana. It’s still a surprise.
I think that’s enough for right now. I sense that this project will be similar to my Grateful Everyday project where I tried to keep a gratitude journal online everyday. That’s okay. This will be more detail oriented, with sights and sounds and smells and everything that I want to remember. I am grateful for these things as well, but that is not the project I’m working on.
If I haven’t said it already, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.