I’d like to tell you all about a new activity I’ll be taking part in on my Blog, namely Lisa Reiter’s Bite Size Memoir Challenge, which she hosts on her Blog: Lisa Reiter, Sharing the Story.
The ‘Bite Size Memoir’ is a weekly record of memories based on a prompt proposed by Lisa.
There are two types of entries:
- Ten ‘I remember’ statements, or
- 150 words, in either a paragraph or a poem.
The deadline is every Thursday 2pm (BST)
Lisa will compile responses and share them on another post a week later.
I think it’s a wonderful idea. It reminds me of the unforgettable film ‘The Way we Were’ and Barbara Striesand’s song:
Memories, light the corners of my mind…
In fact, memories take over reality, and as a famous Spanish author of the ‘Generation of 98′, Ramón del Valle Inclán, reminds us:
‘Nada es como es, sino como se recuerda’.
Loosely translated as: ‘Nothing is as it is, but as it is remembered’.
Once an event has occurred, and therefore belongs to the past, it has no real entity except through the way in which it is (re)interpreted from a present perspective. Sadly, another chimera. The present is such an ephemerons concept, that our perception is like a feather in the wind, each day it will fly to in a new corner of our memory…
Hence our minds reinterpret the past recreating new ever-changing memories which will make up new realities. That is the real challenge of this ‘blog challenge’: to run after a memory, trap it, and fix it in our minds by translating it into a few words, which will be make it permanent, for a while…
At least that’s what I’ll be trying to do as I take part in this weekly challenge. Would you like to join us? Please contact Lisa.