My Treasure Writing 101

It’s difficult for me to choose one thing and say this is what I treasure the most, mainly because what I treasure the most are my children and my family.

There is, however, one thing that is very special to me even though it probably doesn’t have any monetary value.

My husband and I had purchased a small farm in a little town in Colorado. The house was an older two story home.

While we were moving in I went into our bedroom closet to make sure everything had been cleared and way in the back of the closet was an old print of the famous oil painting, “The Guardian Angel,” painted by Lindberg Heilige Schutzengel.

I immediately had the print framed to hang in my son’s bedroom. Shortly after finding this old print, I became pregnant with my daughter. The painting is of two children, a boy and a girl crossing a rickety old bridge during a severe storm. Several years later, we faced some very rough life storms. I often thought of the angel in the painting as helping me get through them.

This print reminds me of when my children were very young and when my life was happy and fairly close to wonderful. My treasure is more about the memories I treasure rather than about the print itself.

To this day, this treasure hangs in a place of honor in my home and in my heart.

Today’s Writing 101 Prompt: Tell us the story of your most-prized possession.

It’s the final day of the challenge already?! Let’s make sure we end it with a bang — or, in our case, with some furious collective tapping on our keyboards. For this final assignment, lead us through the history of an object that bears a special meaning to you.

A family heirloom, a flea market find, a childhood memento — all are fair game. What matters is that, through your writing, you breathe life into that object, moving your readers enough to understand its value.

Today’s twist: We extolled the virtues of brevity back on day five, but now, let’s jump to the other side of the spectrum and turn to longform writing. Let’s celebrate the drawn-out, slowly cooked, wide-shot narrative.



34 thoughts on “My Treasure Writing 101

  1. This is very special. As you say not worth money because money can’t buy this real life treasure

  2. It’s a beautiful painting inspiring courage and the role it has played in your life , indeed it’s the key to your treasure box of memories 😀 😀 I feel really happy 🙂

    • Thank you so much Terri for the kind and encouraging comment. It has been fun taking this class with you. I have enjoyed reading your W101 assignments and I think you nailed them all – over and above! They are having a Writing 201 class in July. I might take it, but I’m not sure. I am usually pretty busy in the summer.

  3. I cross-stitched that picture and it hangs in my bathroom. It just seems to fit well there. Also was given a little statue of it. Thanks for the lovely peek inside your story.

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