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Writing my Memoirs Piece by Piece

Today, I used my alone time to write an article for Hubpages. The article is about growing up a military brat. I'm thinking about taking bits and pieces of my childhood, publishing them as individual blogs or posts, then combining them into a longer piece.

Some of the best memoirs that I've read have been by and about the most ordinary of people. I recently read this interesting memoir about a woman who grew up in the Mormon faith in a family with multiple wives and grew up to marry a man who also had multiple wives. Of course, her lifestyle was pretty unique, but so was mine.

As I said in my introduction, I'm an Army brat. I grew up in the fortress. My father retired from the United States Army after serving thirty years as an NCO. We moved from one post to another every three years, alternating between Stateside and Overseas. I began my Department of Defense education in the Panama Canal Zone. This was before Manuel Noriega took over the country in a military coup. While I do remember the native people, most of my memories are OF the military base where we lived. Here is a photo taken of me by my mother while we lived in the Panama Canal Zone:

My mother took this photo of me.

My dad served multiple tours in Germany, and we went with him on two. Tours are usually a year for combat assignments and three years for noncombat assignments. He served three tours in Vietnam during which time we lived with my grandparents in Alabama. I believe we lived in the projects in Alabama during one of those tours. Here's a photo of my dad in Vietnam:

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Anyway, I've been progressing. My point is that I'm slowly piecing my memoirs together.

I'm looking forward to retirement, so that I can really work on my writing.

Love and kisses from Melissa

Image Credit » This is my own photo

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DWDavisRSL wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:52 PM

I'm sure you have many interesting stories about all the places you've been and seen while growing up in an Army family.

angelaterese13 wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:12 PM

I love black and white photos and to read of people's memories. I love your expression as your mom took your picture!

MelissaE wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:14 PM

Thank you, I think the gloves really make the outfit.

peachpurple wrote on January 14, 2015, 12:36 AM

wow, i must visit your hubpages and read those memoirs

BodieMor wrote on January 14, 2015, 6:08 AM

The photos are great and I look forward to your memoirs!

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:04 AM

You must be very proud of your dad. You and your mother felt protected and safe when around him?

happynutritionist wrote on January 14, 2015, 1:33 PM

What an interesting life of travel you have lived! I'm sure the memoirs will be fascinating. Love the pictures!