You Are A Book

You are a Book

From the moment you were born, you impacted the lives of those around you. You were responsible for laughter, tears, and perhaps a touch of sibling jealousy. Your nose belonged to Aunt Martha and your ears to Uncle Frank. Those beautiful blue eyes came from your Grandma Simmons and everyone knows those little red curls were a definite gift from Grandpa O’Riley.

You were photographed, kissed, hugged, poked at, tickled and adored. You had no secrets! Your weight was public knowledge as was your length. And if you were a boy, your Dad knew well his bragging rights and used them. You were right at home naked or clothed and you probably preferred naked, since there are plenty of pictures of your bottom in the family album.

Your book began nine months earlier, back when you were upsetting your mother’s stomach, and inspiring her to learn to knit booties. Yes, you were causing a rucus even before you presented with all the pomp and cirumstance rightfully granted to a new member of the universe. Your parents opened a bank account for your college education long before you ever cracked open a book, but they knew you were someone special.

Now I know not everyone has had a perfect beginning, or grown up in a perfect family, but every moment of your life is important and valuable. Your experiences, written and shared, will be the strength, for which, another soul is searching. Your mistakes will be lessons and your successes will be challenges for those who read your words.

Yes, you are a book, from the beginning, now, and in untold years to come. Today is the day, to put yourself on paper, to record who you are, who you want to be and all the joy and sorrows you have known.

Do it in story or history form, do it in poems. Do it any way you want. Just do it, for you are the book your children, grandchildren and beyond need to read. You are the book that you need to write.

For, in so doing, you cement yourself as a block in the foundation of your family, your community, your country, and your world.

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Several times a year I conduct a writing seminar entitled, “You Are A Book.” The purpose is to encourage people to write. I believe there is a book in every person, and it is just hoping to get out. I encourage people to let it out and to write, write and then write again. This is the introduction in the class manual. I hope it will inspire you to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity Redbubble provides and WRITE!!

Photography gives me an opportunity to preserve those seconds in time that appear only once. I hope you will find one piece of work that makes you smile, evokes a memory, comforts, or gives pleasure. Those are my goals each time the shutter clicks. May you always walk in Beauty!


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  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309over 5 years ago

    Maine, I just love this! It’s wonderful, you are a great teacher…

  • Thank you so much T. ♥

    Now if I could just learn to spell You lol I have to fix that in the title right now!!

    – Judith Hayes

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309over 5 years ago

    ok, here we go, y o u spells you, LOL

  • lol Thank Y O U

    – Judith Hayes

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrover 5 years ago

    Wonderfully written.

  • Thank you very much Rhena! ♥

    – Judith Hayes

  • kiya
    kiyaover 5 years ago

    I quite enjoyed this story. It’s a shame it isn’t featured on the main gallery page.

  • Thanks so much for your comment kiya! ♥

    – Judith Hayes

  • ricardo perez jr
    ricardo perez jrover 5 years ago

    i love this

  • Thanks so much ricardo, for your comments, favoriting this and for adding me to your watchlist!

    – Judith Hayes

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandover 4 years ago

    Well written Judith!!!

  • Thank you Michael!! Much appreciated :)

    – Judith Hayes

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 4 years ago

    that book seems already a record..
    in others wishes, dreams…and loves.
    Actually the book is a other thing…
    for there are out-of-record possibilities,
    claiming for a realization rather than storying.
    And many lives to live..anf share…of course..
    and that is the moment of the true writing process…
    what it is our book without other’s reading?
    Well….may the tea pots, remnants….spreading forms,
    and keeping secrets without feeding.
    Rosa (I am agreeing with you and find this site a great chance…and above all the pleasure of reading other’s I am reading yours..your writing is wonderful, got into details with loving exactitude and is trotting around the idea with real accuracy and flood of thoughts and feelings. You are an excellent writer)

  • Thank you very much for your kind words Rosa :)

    – Judith Hayes

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelover 4 years ago

  • Wow… I am so honored… Thank you!

    – Judith Hayes

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