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What’s this?

When I arrived at school today to pick up Ivy, I scored my regular park. I unbuckled the kids and pulled them out of the car and for the first time noticed a hole in the middle of the tree I park under. I’ve never noticed this hole before, but now it was staring at me obviously. I couldn’t help but peer inside, wonder what had caused it, wonder if anyone had stashed anything inside…

Thanks to a post I had read earlier in the day, by Amy Rose Davis, my mind was connected to thoughts of my childhood and this hole stirred up a memory that I’d not thought of in a vast number of years. And that memory in turn sparked an idea.

It’s a tiny idea. Really it’s no more than a scene from my childhood. A vivid memory, a small mystery that was solved relatively easily. But what if it hadn’t been? What if there was more to it?

I’m not going to share the memory here, because as yet, I don’t know what might develop from it. It’s the first inkling of a new story I have had in WEEKS though, and for that I am grateful. It put a smile on my face, knowing that my writer brain is still in there somewhere beneath the exhaustion and the enforced rest. It’s still there, and it’s working quietly in the background.

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7 thoughts on “What’s this?”

  1. Maybe the hole was someone’s Geocache… Have you ever gone Geocaching? It’s great fun–socially sanctioned treasure hunting!

    I’m so glad my post helped trigger an idea for you. Isn’t it amazing how the creative brain connects things in unexpected ways? šŸ™‚

    1. Your turn to give me a new word! I’m off to look up geocaching now…zomg how cool is that????????????? How come I’ve near heard of this before????? FUN!

      The creative brain is amazing, and wonderful. I think you reminded me what a rich life I have to tap. Memories and experiences are a fantastic thing to mine over for new ideas, and because they have that personal angle, I think it instantly builds a connection with the story, too. Thanks again šŸ™‚

      1. Oh, you should try geocaching with your girls! Our kids love it. Just get some cheap little party favors to leave behind, and then you can take something from the cache. It’s cool because no matter where you live, you can find a cache that’s at your hiking speed/level. And even the littlest kids get the concept of a treasure hunt and taking something and leaving something. It’s fun, relatively cheap way to kill an afternoon once you have a GPS receiver. šŸ™‚

        Have fun with that story! šŸ™‚

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