Do you remember stories you would like to write keeping your memory alive by teaching, entertaining, or expressing your values and goals for future generations?

            Do you remember. . .?

            I remember—I was 10 years old. It was a Saturday that my dad decided, out of the blue, to take me on a day trip with him to visit his friend’s parents in Rockport, Indiana. I lived with Grandma and Grandpa and Dad never shared his free time with me, but I was grateful and didn’t question this gift.

            We were gone all day, and I enjoyed so much my time with Dad only to have my world crushed when I got back home. That is when I found out he was leaving again, (later I decided he knew the plan all along and didn’t want to face me.) I got out of the car, said good-bye, and headed for the backyard where my beautiful red cocker spaniel, Taffy, lived. He would understand how eager I was to see him. I called his name, but there was no response. I searched for him but couldn’t find him anywhere. In a panic, I ran in the house yelling, “Taffy is gone! Where could he be?”
            Grandma appeared and calmly walked into the kitchen and to the cabinet where she kept her change purse. She pulled out a dollar bill, handed it to me and told me a man walking by the house saw Taffy and knocked on the door asking if he could buy him.

            I later discovered Grandma had given Taffy away. The dollar was to appease me—replace my dog—mend my broken heart.

            What I lost that day was far more damaging than the loss of a dog. I lost trust and respect in the very people who demanded it from me.

            What I learned that day was to never let my own children down so they would feel the hurt I felt, and for them to know of all the people in the world they would ever meet in their lifetime, I would always be the one they could trust and respect.

            Now, 50 years later, as I look back, I believe I accomplished my goal.

            Hello, my name is Robin Waldron. As a certified professional life story instructor with 19 years of experience in writing and editing, I can help you tell your story.

            I serve in the Indianapolis southern border area including Marion, Hendricks, Johnson, and Shelby counties.

            Putting my life writing skills to work for you will:

              • Teach you how to write your life story
              • Coach you along the way
              • Edit your final manuscript
              • Assist you to publication
              • Offer memoir alternatives to get your story told

              Let’s talk. Contact me. Together we can produce a plan to attain your goal.