"The first time I saw the ocean"
"Making forts, inside and out!"
"Lining up my dolls and stuffed animals and reading to them."
"Dancing in the kitchen with my grandma"
"I used to ski with a red balloon tied to my beanie so the ski instructor could find me at the bottom of the hill."
"Playing dress up with my mother in our attic."
"Catching salamanders out of the creek on our property, filling my Radio Flyer red wagon with water and rocks to put them in and watching them play in it for an entire day. Then releasing them in the evening, waving goodbye.”
"There was a place that no one knew of.
A place atop a hill with a long trail.
I'd go there often to think, to pray, to be with God.
No one knew where.
I was safe, high above everything.
And my heart was at the most peaceful place."
"Reading a book at night under my covers with a flashlight."
"Climb the fence
Coax the cow over
Slide off the fence onto the cow
Then she walks down the forest path out to the meadow"
"When I was four, my sister and I would gather the neighborhood kids when there was a huge rainstorm and we'd race from one house to the other in the pouring rain to stand under the eves before racing again."