I went to the Writing for Seniors class at the Senior Center yesterday. It was fun, and stimulating, to be among seniors whe keep blogs, journals, diaries, and who keep writing because it is in their blood.
Most of the writing seems to be nostalgic, and also seems to be for the future. It is an attempt to preserve the past, our little personal bits of history.
At one point the leader gave us one word, STANDARDS, and asked us to write whatever came to mind. In about twenty minutes all fifteen seniors had written something, and read it aloud. Interesting, each writer, except me, ended with a little "kicker" or concluding comment and summed up the essay. Here is my effort
To the musician:
I've got the world on a string
When the saints go marching in
To the School teacher
No chewing gum in class
Raise your hand before speaking
To the Parade Marshall
The American Flag goes to its own right
and never touches the ground.
To the Preacher
The ten commandments and the beatitudes
The Lord's Prayer, and the Golden Rule
To the Writing Instructor
No double negatives at ANY, not "no", time
No narratives in the second person
So mine had no "kicker" summing up. Should have been about blogs or something. Guess I'll let you finish it for me.