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Family Myths

Family myths abound in most families. There are stories passed down over generations, tales shared by grandparents, parents, and siblings. Some family myths don’t pass the truthiness test or have become exaggerated over time. Think back… What are some of the family myths you grew up with as a child that may or may not be true? Are there secrets lurking in your family tree? What stories have you perpetuated by sharing them with your children? Share your family myths stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Featured Story

Genius
I grew up to the sound of hushed whispering; entering a room and the conversation stopping; discussions behind closed doors . . .

Readers’ Choice

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News
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The story is about my father, who was born in 1909, got his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in 1928 or '29, went to [...]
Sunrise, Sunset
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Our cousin Betty, before she became a celebrity to the pre-school set, was in a Broadway musical called Cafe Crown.
An American family — myth, memory, imagination, and lies
One can only imagine the glories and horrors...
Grandpa Max’s Nose
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My parents, who had thought it wonderful that I had grandpa Max's eyes, said it was unfortunate that I had his nose, too. Ah, [...]
The Old Man
As we know, not all myths are happy ones.  And that certainly goes for family myths.  So let me tell you about my maternal [...]
Aunt Miriam, Diva
My glamorous and beautiful great-aunt Miriam Elias lived a rather scandalous life,  or so goes the family legend! Miriam was [...]
The Real Story Behind my Parents’ Love Letters
Now that my parents are gone, I realize there were so many questions I wish I had asked them. All I have now are their [...]
Anna Pavlova
My mother always had a wonderful sense of rhythm and a great ability to move her body to the beat of the music. I inherited [...]

Stories from the Previous Prompt

Children's TV Shows

Can You Tell Me How To Get to Sesame Street?
. . . it even had a breathtaking westerly view of the city promising fiery sunsets. That was all the drama I wanted.
Television Came Late in my Early Life
 I don’t remember being jealous, but  I went  into  “mooching mode” by  watching other peoples’ televisions.

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Parlez-vous Francais?
When I retired after my long and happy career as a New York City high school librarian I had many options.  I could apply for [...]
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Retiring Expectations
I’m a planner.  Like to have all  Potentialities acknowledged, Surveyed, and appropriate Responses in hand and heart.   [...]
Prompted By Retirement

Think back about …

Family Myths

Family myths abound in most families. There are stories passed down over generations, tales shared by grandparents, parents, and siblings. Some family myths don’t pass the truthiness test or have become exaggerated over time. Think back… What are some of the family myths you grew up with as a child that may or may not be true? Are there secrets lurking in your family tree? What stories have you perpetuated by sharing them with your children? Share your family myths stories forward.

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