100 Word Challenge: History


I got a new book this week, a retelling of Norse Mythology written by Neil Gaiman.

Aside from Gaiman being one of my favorite writers, I also have an affinity for the subject matter.

Back in the day, back in the dark ages before the internet and Google, my grandfather researched our family tree, tracing it back some 35 generations. My kids and I make generations 36 and 37. My progenitor, Arkefrith, was a norseman. He was a Danish Viking who lived during the 10th Century – 990 to be more precise.

I’ve always loved mythology – Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse, Asian, Egyptian, Native American – the fantastical fables and parables, the gods and goddesses, the demons and monsters, epic wars and extraordinary miracles.

That all of these distinct cultures and civilizations share similar stories, similar heroes and villains, similar events, makes me wonder that we’re not that different after all.

History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” ~ David C. McCullough

This week’s word is:


What to do:

Using “history” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

8 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge: History

  1. 100 Word Challenge HISTORY

    In grade school I hated it. Nothing but memorizing dates, places, and people’s names. Sister would say, “Take out your history books.” Inwardly I groaned. The drill was coming. Row by row we’d stand. One by one we’d answer as she threw questions. Panic.“Wrong, Wrong. Why didn’t you study? SIT DOWN.” In shame I’d sit down. I studied. Those dry facts just wouldn’t stay in my head.

    Then came 4th grade and Mrs. Mailey. We memorized facts but we also colored flags, horses, knights in armor, cardboard castles. Now that was history I remembered.

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  2. It has become fairly common to hear a celebrity read a “note to self” aloud so that we may gain insight into how he sees his personal history and what changes he would likely make if there were do-overs. But there aren’t.

    I suggest we revisit our pivotal decisions instead. By acknowledging those times that reset the path for the future, we may begin to recognize other such moments as they happen, possibly even feel the energy as it accumulates before the event.

    You may explain what appears to others as a rash decision by saying, “It just felt right.”

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