Play With Your Words #39: A Birthday Party for Someone you Love

Today is my oldest son Jeremiah’s birthday. Over the years he’s had a lot of fun birthday parties. Some of the most memorable included a big splash contest in my parents’ pool and a food fight in our back yard… (Deck the boughs with strands of pasta, tra-la-la-la-la tra-la-la-la.)

It’s fun to plan a party, be it a child’s, a grandchild’s, or my mother’s seventieth.

Think of someone you love and dream up a fantastic birthday bash you wish you could throw for them. Money, even reality, is no object. Write out the party like a scene from a novel. Include dialogue, setting, characters—guests and the guest of honor.

When you are done, share your party with your writing partners. Compliment  the strengths you see in each others’ writing. Particularly note vivid details and original thinking.

If you are working with a preschooler, ask him to choose a guest of honor he loves and tell you about the party he would give. Write down all she says.

When you are done, read back what he dictated, pointing to the words as you say them to reinforce the one-to-one-correspondence between the written and spoke word.

And please, share your parties as comment. Who knows what the next party I throw will look like with a little inspiration from you?


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