An Inscription In An Old Book

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An Inscription In An Old Book

AninscriptioninanoldbookMom collected everything. I can’t believe here it is 2044 and I’m going through all of her books.

She was really a pack rat when it came to books. No one even collected books anymore. For the most part, they are all on electronic devices.

I picked up a book called… Drowning in Overwhelm? 7 Writing Strategies for De-Stressing in Life.

I remember this one well. I gently picked it up caressing the dog-eared binding.

One of Mom’s favorites. Mom had often stated that when she felt lost, that this was her guide to working through things.

I perused the pages to see why she loved it so.

Strategies for Getting Started, Writing Therapy… and then there in the middle of the book, I found a handwritten inscription under the chapter on Free Writing. “Keep writing until you can make sense out of nonsense” and then the signature- Monna Ellithorpe.

A wave was on the accompanying page with the Title on the Top, which I know there were dark days when Mom felt like this wave would swallow her up, but the inscription of encouragement was there to help her through.

Here it was… things that Mom had touched to help her find her way when days were dark and dreary… writing it out and thinking it through.

(c) Copyright – BG Jenkins 2018










blogde4BG wrote this piece from the perspective of her daughter in the future (the year 2044) looking back on how much her mother enjoyed writing and the therapy it gave to her when she wrote. 




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I have been writing in journals, diaries, poems and creating short stories since my teen years. Writing became a way to release the never-ending ideas, thoughts and sentences that rambled around in my mind; waiting to find a place in a story.

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2 responses to “An Inscription In An Old Book”

  1. BG Jenkins says:

    Thanks so much, Monna. Much appreciated. My mom did suffer a lot with Alzheimer’s, and depression before that. There were many times that she felt swallowed up by waves of depression and dementia. That’s the bad part about it… we can all use writing for therapy, and most don’t. The best time is when you first notice depression or sadness coming on… or even using writing therapy for perspective when you’re feeling joyful. Writing Therapy and Freewriting has many benefits. Have a good day.

    • Hi BG, I’m so very sorry that your mom and your family had to live with that cruel disease. It was good that she could find some comfort in writing. I agree, writing has a lot of healing properties to it but it doesn’t come easy for everyone, which is also sad. Thank you so much for your writing pieces that you contribute. Love ya, dear friend.

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