The Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.
This month’s question: Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?
I haven’t – yet. But there are traditions which I’d consider weaving into a tale someday.
I still recall with great clarity the time my father took my sister & I to a Hindu wedding. The host was his colleague, the bride the host’s daughter, and never having attended any form of wedding service, my eyes were wide open throughout. We would’ve been aged 10 & 9, but only attended a small part of the ceremony as it took place over several days. I’ve been to a number of christian wedding services since, and they do look somewhat bland and rushed in comparison with that long-held memory.
We lost my father 4 years ago, but he started a tradition which all branches of the family now joyfully repeat. My Dad mixed a mean champagne cocktail – a traditional one, none of these modern alternatives – and come any celebratory family gathering, the champagne cocktails get broken out. My father favoured making them in a saucer glass – like these rather wonderful Waterford Crystal glasses my son-in-law flourished this Christmas – for it made it easier to avoid bumping glass & nose for those of us with prominent protuberances!
© Debra Carey, 2020