Describe five memories – events you remember really well. Then take one of them further.

  1. On May 27, 2006, I got married. We had 50 people in our living room and it was a glorious day.
  2. I graduated from University of King’s College in Halifax with a degree in journalism in 1992. And in 2011 I finally landed a job as an editor.
  3. In 1997 I attended my first U2 concert, during their PopMart Tour. When they played MLK as an encore I sobbed.
  4. It was at Starbucks. And I had to tell them how to make it. But my first London Fog latte in London, England was nothing short of amazing.
  5. My mother died in June of 2000. She was 62 and I was 30. And I miss her every day.

Taking 3. further:

We drove to Edmonton and stayed at the MacDonald. We chose that hotel because U2 were staying there. Of course we hoped for a random sighting in the hallways or dining room. The day of the concert we were sitting in the lobby when a small figure in a hoody emerged from the elevator. He stopped in front of us, turned our way and said, “Hello friends.” He then turned and walked out of the lobby. It took us a few seconds to register that Bono had just said hello. We screamed (internally) and ran outside to see Bono surrounded by excited fans. We tried to get close to him, just to hear him speak or touch his hoody. A kind of mania grips you in situations like that. But before too long he was swept away in a limo, no doubt on his way to sound check. And we returned to our room, trembling slightly from all the excitement, marvelling at the wonder of it all, eyes shining with anticipation of the night to come.

Next week: A man jumps from the fortieth story of a building. As he’s passing the twenty-eighth floor, he hears a phone ring and regrets that he jumped. Why?

This is the latest exercise in my 642 Things to Write About Project. Click on the link to find out more, or click on the category 642 Things to Write About Project to read past exercises.  🙂