by Nancy Casey
In the heat of the summer, it’s awfully hard to remember winter. In the middle of winter, it seems like summer just isn’t possible.
Today in your writing, you will be thinking about summer and winter at the same time.
Begin with a blank sheet of paper which is oriented in the “landscape” position. That is, with the longer edge as the width and the shorter edge as the height. Fold the paper in half to make a dividing line that goes down the middle from top to bottom.
On each side of the center line, draw a whole-body picture of yourself. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece (although it might turn out to be one!) I just has to remind you of you.
The image on the left side of the page will be your summer self. The right side of the page will represent your winter self. Add clothing and accessories. Try to remember what you wear or carry with you in winter and in summer.
As you work on those two drawings, let your thoughts roam around your life and surroundings and how they are different in the hot and cold seasons. Find ways to add those details to what you have drawn.
If you enjoy drawing, this is a chance to “write” a page by drawing only. If you prefer to write about how you and your routines change with the weather, you can write words and sentences beside your drawing. Or you can do a combination of both—make some sketches and add captions or labels to include additional information. Keep trying to picture yourself in summer and in winter and fill up the page with details that come to mind.
The clothes you wear undoubtedly change with the season. As does the view out your window. Do you have different daily chores depending on whether it is hot or cold out? Does the weather affect how you entertain yourself? Do your job duties change? What about your eating habits? Do you use different forms of transportation or see different friends? Do certain items—tools or toys—go in and out of storage depending on the season?
Fill the page somehow, summer on the left, winter on the right. Use whatever combination of drawing and writing seems right.
When you have put in as many details as you can possibly think of, rest for a bit. Do something else for 10 or 15 minutes while you are open to the possibility of new ideas coming to mind. When you think up new things that can go on the page, add them.
Share what you have written! Post it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.
Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information