A Tiny Tale: The Cemetery

” A safe, but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past

is to force open a crammed drawer.

If you are searching for anything in particular,

you won’t find it, but, something may fall out at the back

that is much more interesting.”

-JM Barrie-Author of Peter Pan-

journal entry:

I need to catch up my tiny tales and “remember me” books.   If I put them together right when the moment happens, when the photographs are fresh in my mind . . . it is easier than waiting.  I had an idea for this “tiny tale” long before I even saw the photographs.  I just felt good about it.  This tiny tale is about our visit to the cemetery on Memorial Day.  I choose my favorite photographs which could “stand alone” in telling a story.  Instead of a traditional story . . . I used little, tiny paragraphs about  what was happening in each photograph.  Thus, each page contains a large photograph which is 8×8 and the companion page contains a definition,  and a small photograph.  This is a format I have used many times.  It works well.  A story doesn’t have to be told in a “once upon a time” way.  When these little boys are men, their “tiny tales” and “remember me” books will help them to remember important moments in their lives.  I like to think of things like this as a legacy.

“Don’t ever take a fence down

until you know why it was put up.”

-Robert Frost-

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