Time molds vivid memories from one’s past into the building blocks of one’s writing…
“When I grow up I want to be a…”
I believe one’s life story should be like a good novel; with twists and turns, mystery behind the door, and not just applause, but some oohs and aahs along the way.
How do your dreams of ‘when I grow up I want to be a…’ influence your writing? Note I wrote ‘how do’, and not ‘how did.’ I believe we never stop ‘growing up’; we just turn another page in a wonderful novel. Here is a piece of my ‘when I grow up I want to be a…’ that influences my development of characters.
At age 8 I told the entire world — well, at least the part I knew — that I wanted to be a Texas Ranger, just like Parker and Lauter on my favorite TV show Tales of The Texas Rangers. The 1955-58 TV show may have been in black and white, but the dream in this eight-year-old’s heart was in full living color. The television version of the original radio show had some episodes set in the 1950s and other episodes set in the 1800s in a traditional western genre. In each show, Texas Rangers Parker and Lauter were involved with chases and shoot-outs. They rode horses, yippee, and drove a fast police car with a flashing light, yippee; and it helped that eight-year-old Steve could outdraw the best that TV had to offer.
Then, in October 1956 my dream of a storybook adulthood was shattered by a wiseass butcher; no pun intended, he actually was a, nasty to children, butcher who worked in a large grocery store. As I stood in front of the meat case, he said in a disdainful voice, “Steven, don’t you know you have to be BORN in Texas to be a Texas Ranger!” His sick humor (?) was lost on a nine-year-old. I was shattered…devastated… traumatized; my life’s ambition, my dream of going out into the real world, was…was, destroyed.
Nevertheless, I eventually moved on in the realm of ‘what I want to be when I grow up,’ and, despite other changes in direction in this novel called life, I can not complain. Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.
Tales of the Texas Rangers Intro and closing.