A Few of My Favorite Things

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For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re all storytellers. We all want to feel confident in what we’re offering when we hit “publish.”

No matter what your blogular target is, we want you to hit it, which is why we’re serving up Weekly Writing Challenges. Once a week, we’ll post a creative writing challenge to help you to push your writing boundaries and show off your writing chops among the community.

How it works: Every Monday, we lay out a different challenge along with tips on tackling it, useful resources, and example posts. You read, think, ask questions (we’ll be here!), and get to blogging, tagging your posts with “DPchallenge.” We keep an eye on the tag and highlight the week’s best posts on Freshly Pressed each Friday.

Things, stuff, gizmos, whatchamacallits, items, objects; call them what you will. Material items play an important part in our lives. Some people believe that people with lots of “stuff” are money-hungry, gadget-obsessed, must-keep-up-with-the-Joneses types. For those who prefer the simpler life, there are still many possessions we have that mean more to us than their perceived purpose. Instead, items and objects can have seriously meaningful memories attached to them.

My great-grandfather’s trusty ol’ coffee maker.

My coworkers at love their coffee, and we’ve had many a conversation about the best coffee maker out there. While I’ve bought some of the recommended brewing machines, I have a standard fall back that never goes out of style: my great-grandfather’s drip coffee machine. It has dings and scratches from generations before me who used it as a spontaneous percussion instrument, and it lost its sheen a long time ago, leaving it a dull, Crayola-colored silver at this point. However, each time I participate in the ritual of brewing coffee, this coffee machine reminds me of my great-grandfather and his habits, his loves, and his daily rituals. It’s more than just a coffee pot—it’s a connection to my past.

For this week’s writing challenge, tell us about your most meaningful possession. No, the laptop that you’re blogging on doesn’t count. Instead, let us know about the heirloom ring that is passed on from woman to woman in your family, or the house you live in that has belonged to your family for generations. What’s important are the memories and people that these objects symbolize, not what they’re actually used for.

When writing, transport us into the past by telling us about your favorite “thing.” What is it? What does it look like? What memories of people or things or events does it conjure? Details are key for giving a clear picture of both why this item is so meaningful for you, and how that meaning has transformed the appearance of the object.

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  1. My most meaningful possession could be a toss up between the very special Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls my grandmother made and the family pictures. The old, new and ever growing collection of family pictures has won. These pictures show me the past in many ways. The clothes, the scenery, the cars, cattle, hairstyles. There is the evolution of it all…seeing and watching in real life and through pictures…my brother going from a little, skinny, hairless monkey to a grown man with long hair and whiskers on his face.
    There is also the search to see many things.. “who do I look like most” ..familial characteristics that we all have (broad shoulders)…where did the blue eyes come from (Grandpa), why does everyone wear glasses.(we’re all blind)
    Oh…and I found who I look like most…My great great grandmother Rebecca Jane ~ a real beauty with dark hair piled in a bun up top of her head with dark eyes wearing a fancy dark dress and holding her first born child, William, in 1882. It’s an old black and white photo………..:)


    1. My daughter has a special Raggedy Ann. It was handmade by someone at the retirement home where my grandparents lived. My grandmother kept it in a box in hopes that I would have a daughter one day. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away when I was pregnant with my daughter. My mom then held onto the doll to give to my daughter one day. When my daughter was 18 months old, my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She passed away a little less than a year later. For my daughter’s 3rd birthday, I gave her a special present from Grandmom Angel – the Raddedy Ann doll. She sleeps with the doll and insists on holding it some nights to keep away bad dreams. To her, it’s a something special that came from her grandmother.


    1. Jessica:

      You needn’t have heirlooms to have a highly-prized posession. Perhaps it’s a personal attribute, such as dignity or honesty. It could be a dream, a vision, a goal that keeps you grounded and motivated, it could be a memory. If I had no trinket to write about, I believe the posession I would prize most highly would be my liberty.

      Be at peace,



  2. My most meaningful possession is my ragged stuffed polar bear i received on my first Christmas. There is a picture of me crawling towards teddy and the little piggy bank. Teddy has been with me through many things: the death of a boyfriend, difficult childhood memories, job loss, etc. When I look at Teddy, i feel secure, and I also feel a sense of excitement, as I think of an image of me crawling towards something. Once I left teddy at an elderly woman’s house in Greenville, NC. I had been living in the upstairs part of the woman’s house while i attended college. The elderly woman took the time to find out my new address and mailed teddy back to me. I’m glad Teddy is still with me. I know we will go on many new adventures together.


      1. hmmm. mite try that. tagging a couple of my recent inane trivial poopings (oops! i mean ‘postings’) with tags like WORDPRESS’ FRESHLY PRESSED BEST BLOG OF THE MONTH hasn’t, so far, been working. hmmm.


  3. I have a lot of passions that I tend to turn into collections of one type or another, but a certain antique child’s glass cup started it all. I thank my great-great-grandmother for that. When I think about clearing house, I end up thinking about the cup and how it’s turned me into a collector. So, instead of clearing house, I just start dusting double-time.


  4. the most precious and oldest item I have is the very first teddy bear i ever have. I still have it to this day! It has seen a lot of wear, as the fur has matted down and the stuffing has lost its fluff, but I could never bring myself to get rid of what may be my oldest posession.


      1. Great, thanks!
        Also, just out of curiosity, do you/the team read every post that’s been written for the challenge as long as it’s within the timeframe?


  5. I have so many favorite things I could write about, specially heirlooms; I actually decided to go the other way and write about my favorite thing right now. Or the one that I’m most exited about because I get to use it, new camera on the collection! :o)


  6. Since I don’t have time to do an extra post this week, I will refer readers to one I did on July 29 that fits the topic:

    Two Chairs…

    And another one from August 9:

    The Story of Our Piano

    If I had the time, I would write on the Cornell family Bible which I received in 2008…

    Suffice it to say, I need to be working on my novel and completing several posts for CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS.


  7. I actually wrote a poem awhile ago, which talked about a picture that I absolutely treasured. I tried thinking of another “favorite thing” to write about, but this picture is just near & dear to my heart. So, I revised it a little and added some more text, but all in all – the more I thought about it, this picture means the world to me. Here’s my link titled A Thousand Words:


  8. I often take a look at the Weekly Writing Challenge for inspiration… and it’s kind of funny how my post turned into why stuff doesn’t really matter that much in the end, but it’s true, isn’t it?


    1. How do I become a part of these writing blogs? I have a user name but this site is confusing. I want to be able to do the writing challenges and daily theme writing. Can you explain to me easily what I need to do? I do not see anyone I can contact. Thank you!


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