Saturday, March 1, 2014

Begin at the Beginning

Traditional stories begin at the beginning and move forward in chronological order.   As a college graduate and teacher, I know that part of an author's craft is telling the story in non-traditional ways.  My true beginning includes a very hot July day, a very long labor, and a OB wing in the process of being remodeled...but that is a story for another day. 

The beginning I am going to start with, ironically begins with a very hot July day, however, that is where the similarities stop.

This story, starts with a boy, as many good stories do.  This boy had black and white hair, red shoes, and a motorcycle.  I was 14. He was 16. Little did I know the impact this two-toned, Ronald McDonald shoe wearing, motorcycle driving boy would have on my life.

He noticed me.  I noticed his hair...and his shoes...and his motorcycle.   It wasn't our first introduction, I had known him all my life and had (not seriously) been betrothed to his 12 month older brother since before I was even born.   They were the only boys my father had cautioned me against dating, that is when he gave me permission to date, preferably at age 40 or later.

He made friendly chit chat. I played it cool and aloof and answered only what was necessary for demonstrating the manners my mama taught me.

And so it began...


  1. Wow. Can't wait to see where this goes!

  2. Welcome to the Slice of Life Community! I know you will have a terrific month! Can't wait to hear the rest of this story. I have some predictions about where it might go!

  3. A wonderful first ride Chelsee. Welcome to a March of writing with us!

  4. Can't wait to read more! Your descriptions and "edge of your seat" narrative has me wanting MORE!

  5. What a great beginning. I loved how you just gave us snippets, but yet we got the whole story. I can't wait to find out more.
    PS I also really like you picture at the top of your page--so cute!

  6. How exciting! Welcome to slicing and keep those fingers typing - we all want to know the story!