It is a quiet sound…the soft sound of a music box. The one in my hands is not mine, but it brings me back to a time when I held my own music box as a little girl. Imagine – a satin-lined, pastel pink box that could be held in the hands of a young girl. Inside is a ballerina who spins to the music when gently opened. Holding this music in my hands that is not mine brought me back to being in the middle of my yellow-accented bedroom more than 30 years ago. This instant time travel was simply from the chime of a few beats of this quiet music. My mind picked up the memory, and started telling a story within seconds.
Amazing what a memory can do – it can tell our stories. Recently this past week, author/speaker, Tracy Nelson Maurer, spoke on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State at the Southwest Minnesota Reading Council’s Fall Conference. Tracy shared three keys to writing success: inspiration, information, and imagination. She sparked our memories and helped us see our stories. We all have stories to share.
This past week was full of stories at SMSU sparked by memories as we celebrated Homecoming 2017. It was not a standard week of Homecoming festivities at SMSU this year, however. We are celebrating our 50th year as an institution, a community, a family. This week allowed us a time to share memories, tell our stories, and make new memories to share in the future.
Here are a few highlights of the memory-sharing and memory-making week…
The 50th SMSU Charter Signing
Door Decorating Contest — School of Education was awarded second place!
Guest Author/Speaker Tracy Nelson Maurer
School of Education Alumni Tent, Parade, and Football Game Festivities
We all have a memory and a story to share. Continue to share them – as we connect with the past and storytell in the future. Let us inspire, inform, and imagine together. Listen to the soft music, and let it play.
2 thoughts on “Making Memories and Telling Stories … Homecoming”
Aww the sound of a music box. Just today, my son wound up my old music box sitting on my dresser. He said, “Mom, this music is so soft I just want to go to sleep with it.” Years ago, that’s what it was used for. The song is “It’s a Small World.” 🙂
Thanks for sharing your memory. Music is a powerful spark to bring us back to our past.