Last fall, I took a writing class through the local community college. It was an interesting experience, for sure. But the most wonderful thing about it was meeting the talented and warm instructor, Maureen Ryan Griffin.
Since the end of that class, I've been able to participate in two more workshops taught by Maureen. These workshops are called The Gift of Memoir/Motherwords and I've enjoyed them immensely. In them, we explore memories and thoughts around family. It has been really therapeutic for me as I continue to mourn the loss of Matthew and grieve other difficult relationships. But it has also allowed me to celebrate some of the wonderful routines of life now and memories I have of times gone by.
I've also enjoyed meeting the other women in the workshops. Most of them are quite a bit older than me, yet it is so fascinating to me to see how the common things in life are the common things in life and everyone has a story.
More than anything, Maureen has helped me to see that writing is a worthwhile pursuit, even if I am not sure if I have anything to say or there is any "purpose" for my writing. She's taught me that writing is an act of engaging with the Creator and pursuing that creation is a form of worship. And that is a wonderful lesson.