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  • Write down the first sight, sound, smell, sensation and scene from your life that come to mind with just sixty seconds for each. See which of those you’d most like to continue to write about, and where it leads you. See all answers
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    • The first thing I ever remember was when I was about 7 or 8 years old. My family and I, with my dad being in the military, were stationed in Northern Michigan at the time. I loved the snow, and still do [to a point - ha!], so what does one do when living in a snowy area? Take ski lessons, of course! There was one day that I remember in particular where it snowed all day long. It was a cold day, below freezing if I remember, and one of the worst blizzards the city had seen in a while. More than a foot of snow covered the grounds. Snow plows were constantly going around the roads but the snow just kept falling. It seemed like it was never going to let up!

      I remember being all bundled up in snow gear - boots, snow pants, thick coat, mittens, and a hat - and my dad and I were building a fort in the front yard. We were wasting time until my ski lessons started in the afternoon. Building snow forts were a common occurrence on the Long properties during winters. While we were outside my mom came bearing the bad news - ski lessons were cancelled! Now that I'm older it doesn't surprise me that that would happen. The roads were non-drivable, visibility was very poor, and the temperatures were freeeeeezing. But at that time it was the end of the world! I was so upset that they cancelled ski lessons that I had threatened to walk there myself. I even started walking down the road and got to the main road before I chickened out and ran back home for hot chocolate. Haha! Looking back it was pretty funny. That is the earliest memory I have. Whether it's all accurate - I don't know, but it's a good memory none the less.

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