After introductions and stories we write to the first prompt. As each student reads we hear of love, loss, childhood memories and family drama. It is so fragile and honest. Each of us gave our earliest account and we painted the picture of our lives and the beginning of our life's story. After we wrote about the child we once were and the family that raised us, we clearly see the emotional attachment that is so important to our earliest memories. Some find it difficult to speak, others are at peace with their past.
Dinner in my house... is a great prompt to connect memories to emotions and remember a time long gone. We remember the food, the color of the walls, the dress our mothers wore, but mostly, we remember what shaped us, the energy given to us, the outlook we formed on life and love over the unspoken words or chaos of the dinner table.