This is for your Kids

It happened like this.

My hall neighbor, Nicki, wrote that she would suggest to her son, Tyler, that he respond to the writing opportunity I posted two or so ago under the title

Put Yourself In The Picture!

the one no one responded to.

Hmm, I thought to myself…Self, what about a posting specifically for kids.  Many of the folks I announce new postings to have kids or grand kids or, at least in one case, great grand kids.  What if they were invited to write in response to…to what?  Then I remembered I’d brought home at least 50 snaps of kids from Viet Nam and Cambodia.  Some city kids, some country kids, some kids who lived in the mountains as part of ethnic minorities and even some kids who lived in a floating village!  Take a look at them!



#1 sits in the ancient Cambodian ruins at Angkor Wat.

#2 shows Vietnamese “just marrieds.”  The bride is 16.  The groom is not much older.

#3 is a thoughtful Montagnard, member of an ethnic minority who lives in a mountain village.

#4 shows to residents of an orphanage run by Buddhist nuns.

#5, 8 & 9 show Montagnard school kids.

#6 is a drummer in a Montagnard folk music and dance group.

#7, 10, 14, 16 & 17 are city folks.

#13 shows a Montagnard young mother and her child.

#15, 17, 18 & 19 are country kids.

#12 & 20 live on houseboats in a floating village in Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.  Even their school is a boat.

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Now here’s what I’d like you to do:

  1. Show the collage of kids above to your kids or grand kids or nieces or nephews or neighbor kids…
  2. Ask them to write a short story (one page maximum) based on any one of the pictures.
  3. They can:
  • Type it directly into comments
  • Or type it on a word processing program and cut and paste it into comments
  • Or write it on paper, scan the page and copy it into comments
  • Or draw a picture in response to a photo–maybe something they feel the kid in the photo would like–scan and copy it into comments
  • Or something else I haven’t thought of.

In order to use “Comments” you

  1. click on “Comments”
  2. scroll down to “Leave a Reply”
  3. and enter your story where it says “Enter your comment here…”
  4. When you’re satisfied as you’re gonna be with your writing, click “Post comment” at the lower right.
  5. Along the way you’ll see two options: Notify me of follow-up comments via email and Notify me of new posts via email. Check either or both if they’re right for you.

I truly look forward to seeing what the kids produce and then sharing it with you.

Published in: on February 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm  Leave a Comment