Altho I’ve Retroflashed about my feelings for Retrospect, there’s more to say about this wonderful website!
In September 2019 at the urging of my friend Betsy, and after some transcontinental calls to Suzy with tech questions, I wrote my first Retro story for the prompt Road Rage. It was about an accident I had with my husband’s beloved T-bird, a car that had been his mid-life crisis gift to himself when he turned 60. (And BTW he’s now 79 and the car now 19, both still running fairly well with the occasional tune-up, see Fender Bender.)
Looking back there were also Retro prompts that evoked some painful memories of loss, and writing about them was cathartic, see Take Care of Your Sister, Piano Man: Remembering Herb, Cantor Gladys and Comfort Food for Renee.
And other prompts that elicited emotional responses and stories about family , see My Game Mother, My Father, the Outsider Artist, Call Me by Their Names, Around the World in 80 Days, Hermine’s Morning Joe, College Girl: for Aunt Hannah, My Cousin Rick, Aunt Miriam, Diva, White Shoulders for Aunt Frances, and Family Photo.
And just as meaningful as writing my own stories has been reading those of my fellow Retro writers across the country. Sharing and commenting on our stories has meant more to me than I could ever have imagined, we have truly become a family and I thank you all.
And to our tireless Retro admins Suzy, Barbara, Laurie and Marian I send my love and deepest gratitude!
Dana Susan Lehrman
This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!