Saturday, June 17, 2006

Random thought triggers

I'm developing this list as a writing exercise. These are some key phrases that bring flooding memories back to me. Your challenge, should you decide to accept it, is to develop your own list of memory triggers.

These are not complete sentences. In some cases the phrases alone would mean nothing to anyone else. That's what makes the exercise such a personal experience -- the few words I jot here are the keys that unlock chambers filled with scenes from my life.

And now... the list, Part 1:

Yost lake
purple irises
bologna wrapped in white butcher paper and a half-gallon of milk
Sunday evening sand bar picnics
sand plums
vinegar bottles
sprinklers and hot sidewalks
fiddlestix
Wheel-os
cold watermelon, sweet iced tea and the smell of Salems
quilts spread out on new-mown grass
band concerts in the park
kite flying
Gibble Gas station in Guthrie
Zero candy bars
Oh Henry candy bars
Hospital vending machines
Highlights for children
Crayons
Sunshine on a black linoleum floor
Rope swing in a pear tree
Blue gingham dress
Clothesline poles and fences
Tetherball
Roller skating
Sweeping
Lolo Hall, weather girl
Galloping Gourmet
Shooting free throws
Running track
Snapping green beans under the walnut tree
Sam
Wagons and trikes
Blue bicycles
Laundromat
Yellow house
Dairy store
Walking to the library in rain
Popcorn and ironing
Soap operas
Jeopardy!

3 comments:

FrenziedFeline said...

Some of your triggers triggered some of my triggers. :)

I'm going to have to take you up on the challenge, but it'll have to wait until Tuesday. Will there be a later post explaining some of the triggers?

Trixie said...

I suspect so. I think I'll also be adding more!

TECH said...

This is interesting. Plenty to write about, but never enough time to write about them all ... :(