A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Care and Carelessness (Elements of Memoir) #AtoZChallenge
A memoir might be considered to be a "case study" of life. The memoir story is more than just an accounting of events. Rather, the memoir digs deep into a part of life dissecting it for the readers and exposing the soft underbelly to often leave the subject highly vulnerable. This life story examines thoughts, emotions, motivations, and reactions along with the who, what, when, and why of the story. The case is made and the reader is given a task of being the judge, jury, and analyst when the story delves deep enough.
Many who have cared for aging parents, disabled children, or dying spouses have amazing and often heart-breaking stories to tell readers. The stories can be filled with many hardships and personal triumphs that can encourage others who face similar life struggles. Stories of caring can show the best as well as the worst of humanity, These are stories that can make excellent studies for memoir.
The tragedy of carelessness can have far-reaching repercussions that can affect many lives and tell a story from which others can learn. Careless behavior can be the cause of accidents, personal ruin, and destructive lifestyle. A story about carelessness should teach readers about what to avoid in their own lives and what to watch out for in the lives of those around them. A memoir that involves carelessness hopefully takes a turn for the positive in the end, but when there is no positive outcome then some lesson should be imparted to the reader.
What kinds of carelessness can you think of that might lead to an intriguing memoir story? Can you think of a memoir that is centered about carelessness? Have you been a caretaker for someone who was unable to care for themselves?