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 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:
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