Joelle’s tales:  First Thursday of the month #TMAT120 #writing #prompt for May  

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Welcome to May 4  Today’s prompt is:  Your earliest memory

So that you don’t feel alone in your embarrassment, here’s the story of my earliest memory.


My earliest memory happened around the age of one, before the 2-lane street in front of our home morphed into an 8-lane highway. 

My sister walked with my mother to the local stores, but I was relegated to a stroller.  Later in my life, I’d know the trek spanned 5 blocks that totaled a half mile.   McCrory’s, Sears, and other larger stores were in shopping centers facing each other.  This is where my earliest memory begins.

I remember the sounds of their voices, but I was too young to understand the words.  I can still close my eyes and feel fear.  I still see the wheels of the stroller bumping against the cracks in a sidewalk that badly needed repair.


Here are the rules:

  1. A prompt for #TMAT120 will be given the first Thursday of every month. The prompt challenge begins whenever it’s that day in your time zone. For example:  12:01am to 11:59pm May 4th.  It ends on the 2nd Thursday of the month. 

  2. I will publish the tales and links to your blog the 2nd Thursday.  

  3. Limit your #TMAT120 post to 120 words and a link to the #TMAT site. People who participate in limited-word prompts aren’t expecting a 1,000 word explanation before it begins.

  4. Use this picture above to show that you are participating in the #TMAT120. Please don’t alter (except for size).  

  5. Please don’t use hard-core curse words. Only lazy writers use variations of the F word for shock “value.”

  6. Copy and paste the URL in the reply section below, or you can do a pingback if you have a WordPress blog.

  7. Take time to read other people’s posts, after all it’s only 120 words. And you might make a new friend.

© Joelle LeGendre  Joelle’s tales:  Tell me a tale in 120 words