Think back about …

Lessons

We've spent our lives learning lessons, not always by choice. Think back ... to music lessons, art lessons, dance lessons, language lessons, sports or martial arts. Was there a teacher you particularly remember? Did you practice? Did you perform? Or are there lessons you learned from life that you'd like to pass on? Share your lessons forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

Featured Story

Lessons from My Father
The lessons from my father were never actually lessons.  That is what has stayed with me so strongly over all of these many [...]

Readers’ Choice

El Año de los Muertos
Some say death can be your ally. Yeah, maybe… If you’re an Inuit shaman or a Yoruba priestess. Some days I can dig it. Mostly [...]
Scarlet Ribbons
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In the summer of 1965 I decided I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I was turning 14 at the end of the summer, and it [...]
Mrs. Kronengold
"When I was seven years old I took painting lessons in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Ruth Paige Dance Studio
I always loved to dance, but was a sickly kid, so my mother withdrew me from dance lessons. I came back as an adult beginner [...]
Modern Dance Lessons
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Looking back at modern dance lessons in Manhattan, and the drive through the Holland Tunnel to get there.
Shy Child
I was so shy, I was a skirt-hugger. I loved to play with my dolls, the kids in my neighborhood and was dazzled by the [...]
Demons of the Cracking Voice
Clarinet and singing lessons turn into torture for a young boy going through puberty.
Art Lessons
Only now does the sheer phallic audacity of that picture make me chuckle.
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In 1953 I would have been five. Gas was something like, 19.9 cents a gallon. It smelled good wafting in the window while the [...]
Bernice, Therese, and a Duck
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In first grade, I started ballet lessons.  Two sisters – Bernice and Therese – taught in the old craftsman-style [...]
What We Learned from the Roosters
You know how roosters crow in the morning to greet the dawn? That’s a myth, we learned when we moved in.
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Stories from the Previous Prompt:

The Beach

Surprise Sunburns
One of my brightest sunburns happened on a beach in Scotland in June 1988. Simon and I left the Isle of Skye very early, took [...]
Catching the Waves
"It's really a blast," I wrote in my travel diary. That was high praise in 1966.

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Pussy willow on Two-Mile
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It was a brisk morning as I tagged along with him on our way down the hill towards the barn. There was still a light amount [...]
Prompted By Father's Day
I Took a Ride in a B-24
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My father enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 7, 1942, four months and thirteen days before his nineteenth birthday. [...]
Prompted By Father's Day

Think back about …

Lessons

We've spent our lives learning lessons, not always by choice. Think back ... to music lessons, art lessons, dance lessons, language lessons, sports or martial arts. Was there a teacher you particularly remember? Did you practice? Did you perform? Or are there lessons you learned from life that you'd like to pass on? Share your lessons forward.

Which type of lessons did you take as a child? (If more than one, which was your primary focus?)

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Music
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Art
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Dance
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Drama
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Sports or martial arts
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I prefer to repress those memories (or none of the above)

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