In Christa’s Own Words
I have so many memories from my childhood and from many other parts of my life, but they are just snapshots. I don’t know how to make them into a story.
Our response is always the same, “Christa, tell us about that memory,” and without any help, the words flow easily and she tells a short story. “Now write it down just the way you told it to us. That will make a wonderful memoir.” But somehow that never seems to work for her. Christa’s writings will have to wait for a while longer.
Over the past few years her life has been filled with crises and personal losses. Her husband died suddenly, her mother passed away, she sold her primary home, and she moved to a new house several hundred miles away. Writing, while of great interest to her, is something she can’t attend to right now. But over many years, Christa has drafted and saved a diary and brief written pieces about those special memories she would like to keep alive for future generations in her family. Once things settle down, maybe even next season, we’ll urge her to try again.
So here we are on March 22, 2018 in our favourite Mexican restaurant sharing margaritas together one last time. Where did the past five months go? Over the next ten days, each of us will be leaving our winter retreat to return to our northern home. Once there, we’ll be consumed by the demands of ordinary lives. The presence of children, grandchildren, elderly loved ones, and long-time friends will restrict the leisure time we have to think and to write. But as we sip that first margarita and talk about the joys, challenges, and conflicts we expect will accompany our northern lives, we realize that these experiences are the fodder for future writings. Pat brings it all into focus when she says, “I’m committed to continue writing while we are apart. Will each of you promise to write just one thing to bring back to Texas this fall?” We’ll bring those stories to our first Margarita Writers Group meeting and while sipping those wonderful margaritas, we’ll pick up where we left off—respecting, encouraging, supporting, and gently critiquing each other’s writing.