Here are a few things happening in my life right now that I'm sticking in my pocket to savor and will likely pull out at some time to use in my writing.
- My 8th grader is graduating middle school. My first born. God, last week at the sports physical, it was confirmed he's taller than me. Why do they grow up so fast?
- My 12 year-old daughter's dance recital. Is there anything more special than watching your child perform - and, even better, be more talented than you are? I can't help but cry when I watch her.
- My 7-year-old's crossover ceremony in Cub Scouts this Friday, including an all-night camp out. In a tent. When I asked him which camp outs he wanted to attend, he said, "all of them." That's my nature-lovin' little dude.
In writing, "Every Breath You Take," my short story in the paranormal prom anthology, Prom Dates to Die For, it was hard not to feel wishful about prom. I loved seeing all the prom photos from friends on Facebook and thinking that soon enough - too soon - my kids would be going to prom themselves.
What about you? What are you feeling wistful about this time of year? And what are your summer plans for making cool memories to look back on fondly some day?
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Malena Lott is the author of three women's fiction novels and the e-novella, Life's a Beach. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, three children and shih-tzu.