Memories: A Memoir Writing Class Assignment


Interview with Carly about Memories she has of us Together:

“What memories do you have of us together?”

” I have memories of us looking through your jewelry and the jewelry gave me memories of you. I also remember the first black and white bracelet I made for you that broke after a long time. I knew I had to make you a new one so I did. I remember our trip to Mexico and the swim with the dolphins. I remember our trip to Hawaii and the swim in the Seven Pools.”

“Any more memories?”

” Oh yes, I remember cooking and when we were making muffins, I made a mistake and dropped too many chocolate chips in the batter. It ended up being a good mistake. Also, you taught me to put a package of pudding mix in cake batter to make it extra moist. I remember you and grandpa taking me up to the top of the hill to a giant, pretty sunset. You bought me a stretchy real pearl bracelet at Ross. It fits me perfectly. I remember telling you I had to run a mile nearly every day and you agreed with me that you use up your parts to early and maybe will have bad knees when you grow up. And today I remember the Birthday Scavenger Hunt!”


Don’t ask me for just one memory because I don’t have just one memory; I have so many. You are a person I admire and a cool, calm, and collected person. The parties at your house are really fun. I remember a lot of those and a lot of fun. We made a lot of muffins together. I like the banana ones and chocolate chips. I liked all the stuff we bake. One time we used almond flour and the cake tasted much sweeter and softer with almond flour than the cake box.

I remember the times we went out to dinners. All the food was always really good. One time I remember is when we went to an Italian restaurant and you taught me to dip my buttered pasta into a side order of marinara sauce. It made the pasta taste great. I won’t forget to order a side of marinara or maybe meat sauce.

I remember sleeping over your house on the couch in the bedroom. Now I am to big for it and besides you got a new couch. I’ll have to try it out.


  1. We used to have fun in the mall. I remember we were sitting having lunch and I saw the wrinkles on your neck. I called you Gecko Neck. You collected gecko pins and earrings for a while. You showed me your collection.
  1. I remember our New York Trip and our trip to Hershey Pennsylvania. I remember the graveyard in Philadelphia and we saw a ghost rise up. No one saw it but us.
  1. I remember you helped me learn to read better one summer and we read a whole series, but I don’t remember the name of it. It helped.
  1. I remember the whole family was riding in a bus on our Hawaii trip and the driver slammed on his breaks. I went flying right over your head.

Memories Shared by April:

One time you bought me a really nice pillow from Ross. I remember sleeping over your house; I think I was six.   Also, I remember when we bought some washcloths and made pillows with them. I still have mine. We cooked food together,

We had a lot of fun at Sheri and Jodi’s house on Easter, we had a scavenger and egg hunt and you brought big baskets for everyone.

I remember when my mom was ill and you and grandpa picked us up and we went places and did a lot of things together, and then we went home when my mom felt better.

I remember we went on a trip to Mexico, then, Hawaii and a trip to Alaska.

I remember all of the Jewish Holidays at your house, but I never found the Matzo. I remember your 50th wedding anniversary party and I remember a birthday party for you when we all wore the same shirt with your picture on it.

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dina
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 17:47:41

    Such a lovely assignment. Now do one for Grandpa. Wonder what those would sound like?


  2. Sheila Clapkin
    Oct 01, 2015 @ 21:40:24

    What a good idea. Thanks. Did the girls see the post?


  3. Sheryl
    Oct 03, 2015 @ 19:13:17

    It’s fun to read all of the wonderful memories that your family has of doing things with you. It sounds you have an awesome family, and have cultivated some wonderful memories over the years.


  4. Sheila Clapkin
    Oct 04, 2015 @ 16:51:21

    The memories are wonderful. I have been exploring who we are without memories. Tough to think about. Thank you for your insightful comment. I appreciate it so much.


    • Sheryl
      Oct 08, 2015 @ 03:47:45

      And, you’ve now gotten me started pondering who we are without memories. One thing that I enjoy about your writing is that you always make me think more deeply about important topics.


      • Sheila Clapkin
        Oct 11, 2015 @ 16:36:32

        Thank you dear Sheryl. I noticed your readership is right up there Congratulations on staying for us. Love all of your Hundred Year old wonderings,
        Thank YOU..

  5. Nuala ryan
    Oct 04, 2015 @ 21:14:03

    Who we are without memories is a profound challenge which I appreciate.
    Treasure the gift you are to humanity.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Oct 07, 2015 @ 17:02:35

      A challenge I am still pondering. It seems so vast now that it is out there. It does indeed take a treasure to humanity to recognize one. In fact ,I recognize you now and forever.


  6. Nuala Ryan
    Oct 11, 2015 @ 16:29:09

    Thank you, dear Sheila.


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