42 is the Right Answer, Day 22

easter sToday we’re all about holidays – Happy Easter!

Eggs are today’s theme.

They can be chocolate or hen’s eggs, frog spawn or caviar. Or anything egg-shaped. Or something made with eggs.

And if eggs* don’t do it for you, try looking at the whole Easter thing, but sideways.

Try recalling a childhood memory of this time of year. Easter bonnets, Easter parades. Hot cross buns (yes, I know that was on Good Friday, but we’re still in the zone). You can look at the religious and spiritual aspects of this holiday, and how they make you feel.

Was your childhood Easter privileged or deprived? Or like mine, pretty non-eventful? My parents never got Ernest Hemingway’s memo about a writer needing a miserable childhood in order to create great literature. So most of my childhood passed in a vague blur, neither blissfully happy nor desperately sad. And yes, I consider myself lucky to have this boast.

Try to develop an Easter-themed piece of memoir you can submit to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1, or try an article for Ireland’s Own. You’ll have a good six months to perfect your writing – you’ve obviously missed this year’s slots but think about submitting well in advance for next year. Aim for 700-800 words.

*Actually, eggs aren’t my thing at all (not even chocolate ones), but gram four and ground flaxseed alternatives don’t offer much inspiration, do they?  Although as you can see from the photo, I do like egg-shaped fossils and gemstones.


Back to Basics – if you need to catch up,  it started  here (but we’re over half way through, so you’ve a bit of catching up to do)

I intend posting prompts here each day (until May Day) at 5pm – alive at five (Dublin time).