On the bridge over the highway, some preschool children were waving at the cars passing by underneath. A truck driver spotted them and honked his horn, and the children jumped up and down in delight. I jotted down the story in my notebook.

At the grocery store, my eyes caught a young woman with a long shopping list and a story started to spin in my head on my way to the milk shelves. Notebook time.

From snippets of everyday moments like these, great stories can be born. Maybe the truck driver is transporting red apples from Italy, and maybe the young woman with the long shopping list will buy some for her apple pie. There’s a line running from a family’s apple farm in the south of Europe to a truck driver spending endless hours behind the wheel, honking his horn at a group of children while missing his own, to a woman with a desperate look in her eyes at a Nordic grocery store shopping for a family dinner she’s not capable of making.

Of course, the beauty would be to write the actual stories of the people we meet. Like the one of the man who stood bent in a 45-degree angle over a garbage bin he used as a stand for his beer cans, hacking and hawking and coughing up a slimy glob that landed a couple of feet away from him. He gave me a friendly “Hello” as I walked by. I waved back. I wonder what his story is. He’s in the notebook, too.

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5 thoughts on “Snippets of everyday moments

  1. What a great lesson for me. I want to write my life story in a book, but just cannot figure out where to start. But, your suggestion of a notebook made me think that is a good place to start. Write down my stories and then reflect on them and just start to write. It seemed overwhelming, but maybe not so much in short bites in a notebook. Great post. Thank you.

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    1. Good luck with your book! I have never written any books, but I know it’s easier to think scenes rather than a whole book, makes the project more manageable. When telling life stories, I guess we have to find the moments that are significant to the story, to the journey.

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