“Pyramid Adventure” a story by my 10 year old

This is a story written by my 10 year old daughter.  To keep her identity private, I’m not including her name, but I just love this story that she wrote for school, and had to share!

I was in front of a pyramid. I wanted to find a way in. Then I saw a small hole just big enough to crawl through. I crawled in. Inside, there was a ramp. On the floor, there were white and blue squares. I was standing on a white one. I stepped on a blue one. Then I heard a rumbling sound behind me. A giant boulder was rolling down the ramp straight toward me! I ran as fast as I could but it was gaining on me. I saw a staircase and started running up it.

The boulder passed me. As I ran up them, I noticed that there was another staircase after the one I was on. The color of the stairs on it went like this: blue, white, blue, white, and so on. I figured that since the blue squares were traps, the blue steps were traps. I stepped on a white step. Then all sudden, the steps behind me broke. I started to run again. The steps kept on breaking behind me. When I made it to the top, I was exhausted. I laid down on the floor to rest.

Then I saw a paper. I picked it up. It was a map! It didn’t show me where the traps were, but it did show me that in the middle of the pyramid, there was a huge treasure room. I had to get there. I picked up the map and started walking. I made it to a place where the path split. According to the map, I had to go down the one on the right. So I did.

While I was walking down the path, I fell into a trap door into a room. Inside the room, there was a talking statue.

He said, “If you want to get out, you have to answer my questions.”

“Ok.” I said.

He asked, “What is the square root of 100?

I said, “10.”

“What is the square root of 9?” He said.

I replied, “3.”

He asked, “What is 589 plus 123,456,789,987,654,321?”

“123,456,789,987,654,907” I said.

He said, “Correct! How did you know?”

A door opened behind him. I left.

I walked until I made it to a deep pit full of giant spiders and scorpions. There were two ropes tied tightly from one end of the cliff to the other. There were boards sturdy enough to hold me lying right next to me. I laid one down in front of me. Then I stepped on it. I kept laying down boards until one broke beneath me. I screamed and grabbed on to a rope, pulled myself up, and kept going.

When I got to the end, I saw a room with gold light shining out of it. I ran to the room. Inside, there was gold, silver rubies, and emeralds. I shouted, “I’m rich! I’m rich!” Then a thought came to me.

How could I get out? I looked around. I saw a door that lead outside. I took all the treasure outside and put it in my car. Then I took it home. I sold it and got 900 trillion dollars. That was the happiest day of my life.


If It Ain’t Broke, Then Don’t Fix It

Last week I wrote that I started up a “private blog (you can read about that here).”  I also wrote that I’ve been writing for years (on paper) as a way to handle my stress.  Well, guess what I did?  I CHANGED MY MIND!  I wrote down several “posts” on my private blog.  But remember my details about how I could erase what I wanted and keep what I wanted?  I started trying to do just that, and began to over-analyze my writing.  I thought this would reduce my stress, but it actually caused me more.  I also found a few times when I wanted to write something down, that the computer was not available (just like I predicted!), and this caused me stress too.  So, it only took me a few days of trying this to realize that writing down my feelings on the computer was not going to be helpful to me in the goal of relieving my stress.

So, I did the equivalent of throwing my papers away, which for me always seems to feel good, and I went into the blog and DELETED everything.  Then I went into the “trash” and PERMANENTLY DELETED everything again.  Then I felt much better.

I realized that I was trying to “fix” or at the very least “improve” a system that was working just fine the way it was!  So now, the question is, what will I do with my private blog that I’ve started?  I hate to just let it sit there.  I read on an article from WordPress’s “The Daily Post” that it can be good to use a private blog as a way to try out different settings (i.e. backgrounds, widgets, etc).  So I think I”ll do that.  I may even ask my son if he wants to (and then tell me what he learned), since he enjoys stuff like that.

Now, as a side-note, I am completely aware that I do not have to announce to the world details about my private blog, but I am doing this for a reason.  In an upcoming post, I plan to talk about how I write in private.  I’ve learned a few things in my life about communication and “self-talk” as it relates to our emotions.  How we describe a situation (even to our own selves) makes a big difference in the way we feel, and I want to share what I’ve learned!  So, if your interested, be sure to check back!

Why do I have 2 blogs?

(Update Feb 2014 – I wrote here that I discontinued writing on my private blog shortly after starting it; but I feel that this post does a good job of explaining how I use writing as a way to relieve stress.  Currently, I’m using pen and paper, just like I used to!)

This blog is fairly new; I just started it last week!  So why, then did I just yesterday start another one?  Well, I will tell you.  I decided that I wanted to a have private blog in addition to this public one.  My reason is, as you might guess,  for therapeutic purposes.  I want to have a place to write my thoughts freely without worrying about anyone’s opinion of them.  Makes sense, right?  So I almost just changed the settings on this blog to “private,” leaving me worry free.  Except a public blog is kind of thrapeutic too.  I realized, as I was thinking this over, that I need/want both.  My private blog can be where I vent or brainstorm solutions to problems I’m experiencing.  But my public blog can give me an opportunity to share things I’ve learned with others.  I like sharing things that I learn (most of us do!), and my hope is that someone who reads what I write might benefit from my experiences and insights.

This idea of writing to clear my thoughts is not new to me.  I’ve been doing it for a long time!  Years ago I struggled with depression.  I was very fortunate to have supportive people around me, and I was also very fortunate to be able to talk to someone at LDS Family Services (at the time they were called LDS Social Services).  Catherine, who was my counselor, had me writing and writing and writing some more.  I filled up several notebooks and I found it to be very helpful to get my thoughts onto paper so that I could see them.  And of course, she was there to talk with me about what I had written and give me new and helpful insights into my thoughts.  And so, I’ve continued on through the years (even though it has been a long time since that counseling), writing whenever I’ve felt stressed.  Usually I find that what I write falls into 3 categories.  And usually all three appear in one writing session.  They are:

  1. Things that I am unhappy about, but nothing needs to be done.  In a few days, these are likely to be forgotten.
  2. To Do’s that I need to take action on right away!  I’m always amazed at how often things that I need to do (and that I’ve been putting off) are in what I’m writing.
  3. Stuff that I do need to do something about (i.e. a child’s misbehavior) but I’m not exactly sure what yet.  Writing it down like this is great because I can clarify the problem, and then think through what is the best solution.  It’s not always a quick process, and the solution is not always clear.  But writing it down is a good way to get the process started!

I’ve always done this via pen & paper.  But the idea of taking the process to “blogland” is appealing to me for two different reasons:

  1. I can delete things I write.  See number one above?  I often find that after a few days, I don’t want to be reminded of those things any more.  They aren’t relevant, and it just makes me feel bad to read about them.  So, I usually throw my writings away.  Except, because it’s on paper, I have to throw it all away, even the “number 3” stuff.  (The number 2 stuff usually gets added to my To Do List).  So, on a private blog, I can delete (and keep) what I want, making it easier to clarify the problems that I need to solve.
  2. The blog makes my writings both neat and pretty!  My hand-written thoughts are never pretty.  I’m usually writing fast, just dumping my thoughts as quickly as I can.  But I can also type quickly, so I can still do that, and the result is more neatly written text!  Of course, this could be done in Microsoft Word too, but the blog format takes it one step further, putting my typed words onto an attractive background of my own choosing.  I like that.

One downside to doing it this way is that I do not always have access to the computer.  Other people use the computer too or maybe I’ll be somewhere other than home when I feel I want to write something.  So I won’t give up pen and paper writing completely!  But I think I’m going to benefit from both my private and public blogs.

What about you?  Do you write as a way of handling stress?  What else do you do that’s helpful?  Do you have or have you ever considered starting a blog (either private or public)?  Feel free to share in the comments section!