Interview another class member about their own, their mother's or perhaps grandmothers experience of being a housewife. Do you think they led a dull or exciting life....? What other questions might help them to open up....
What to share? Looking after ourselves emotionally.
‘Tree stories…’ The brief – “Reflect for a few minutes on the role or presence of trees earlier in your life, brainstorming a list of your thoughts. Draw upon your list to write about two or three of these memories of trees, taking us back into your world at the time, the meaning of these trees to you then, and perhaps even now”.
The alternative topic is - ‘A Childhood Memory’ or 'A Childhood Experience' “Some childhood memories stay with us despite the passage of time. Some of these memories involve something which happened which inspired and built on our imagination. Share a story taking us back to one”.
'Community' can be a geographical unit - a region, a town, a neighbourhood, a street - . but it can also relate to 'communities of interest' you belong or have belonged to. I often think that our U3A groups represent 44 different 'communities of interest'. I'm not interested in gardening, but avid gardeners join and enjoy Garden Team and Garden Appreciation! Sometimes people are in two or three areas of similar interest and often find themselves going out for coffee together as well as meetig at U3A.
The topic was inspired by a story in the Tatong Tattler a few weeks ago titled 'Community'. While it relates to a geographic community, it also relates to communities of interest, in this case, in people sharing power lines; people who have animals on their farms!
‘Community’ The Brief - 'Write about a community you observed and participated in, taking this opportunity to write about a slice of your life’s journey which may be of interest to your family. It could be a community in which you felt you were a really ‘good fit’, a community which changed you, a community you were glad to leave behind….' Share your reflections in 500 words.
The alternate topic ‘Anzac Day’ – The Brief - 'Looking back over your lifetime, write about your memories of Anzac Day and its place in the cultural rituals of your family and the communities in which you have lived, moving from the personal to the political if you wish. “A chance to reminisce about memories of Anzac Day (or Days) which have stayed with us over time”.