Truth Be Told’s Exploring Creativity Workshop introduces expressive arts as ways to relieve stress, channel emotions, and awaken creativity. “Things That Make Me Happy” was the topic for the last TBT session at Hilltop in Gatesville. The women made a list of their happy things. Then, they picked one and wrote a story about it.
Hearing From Someone I Haven’t Heard From in a While
I have a best friend not in lock-up. She lives in Pennsylvania. I met her first on the computer in 1999 then I moved to Missouri in 2003. One day I had a knock on my door and this little kid asked me if I was Tammy. He handed me a slip of paper and ran off. Well, I opened the paper and my friend had written and told me where she was. She lived about 6 houses down from me, so I got my shoes on and grabbed my keys and walked to her house. She lived in that house for about 4 more months and the lady she was living with ran off and left her footing the bills so she moved to Arizona with another friend, then they moved back to Pennsylvania. She and I keep in touch, but I don’t hear from her as often as I did when I first got locked up in 2006. She has been sick, but she had surgery and that we are hoping will make her better. I heard from her this month before she had her surgery, so hopefully soon I will be hearing from her as before.
Making Homemade Double-Fudge Chocolate Brownies
By Norma P.
This makes me happy because it reminds me of my daughter Jacqueline who loves to bake all kinds of sweets. Jacqueline loved to help me in the kitchen all the time wanting and loving to taste test whatever we cooked or baked. Brownies were her favorite because she loved chocolate and enjoyed putting the ingredients together. That was very important to her because it made her feel independent and that she was a big girl at 4 years old. She would clean the mixer spoons by licking all the chocolate batter off of them before putting them in the soapy water, with chocolate covered on her cheeks and outside her lips. She really enjoyed putting the icing on the top of the brownies after they were baked and sprinkling colorful sprinkles all over the brownies for decoration. After all that wonderful work, we would watch her favorite cartoon movie eating double fudge chocolate brownies with hot chocolate with melted marshmallows. Enjoying one of my favorite pastimes with my daughter, that used to make me happy, and I sure miss having a chocolaty latte day.
Shopping All Day with My Daughter
By Cheryl Crowe
There is nothing I love more than a day spent shopping with Chelsea. We always start at Abercrombie or Hollister, her favorite stores. I tell her to look for bargains, but that seldom happens! She loves trying on clothes and making a mess of the dressing room as I’m hanging clothes back up. Then it’s my turn, so we head to Victoria’s Secret where we both shop for everything from perfume to sweats. We then head to Starbucks for a break and grab a Frappuccino with extra caramel. Then it’s off to find shoes for everything. We then end the day getting our nails done. That is my bonding time with my daughter and I look forward to doing this real soon.
Lady Elisabeth Roses
By Letha Howell
When I look at the Lady Elisabeth roses, I see such beauty in each interactive petal. When the Lady first starts to bud, the bud is so closed so tight that you think it will not ever open. Then after watering the Lady and loosening the earth from around her roots, the Lady starts to unfold her tiny frail petals. I can smell the fragrance of her innermost soul, so sweet and light. Then the Lady starts to grow, beauty that was within is in full blossom. The Lady struggles through the storms of life. Yet in her frailty she becomes strong. Her beauty fades; still she is so beautiful within her soul. The Lady shines in memory and in heart. Her fragrance is still so sweet and light to the senses of smell in the memory of heart.
Spending Time Crafting
By Opal Graham
One day our church decided to have a craft sale to earn money for a “Youth to Go to Camp Day.” After church we went home and my two daughters Sandra, 6, and Diana, 5, told me how they wanted to help and participate, so I went into my room and came out with my arts and craft box full of fun things to do. The girls jumped up and down and yelled with glee cause they were so surprised I brought my box out cause it was a No-No. They said, “Really, Mom?” and I said, “Yes, really.” So me and my girls sat down for the rest of the day and did all kinds of fun crafts for the craft day at church. We also ate cookies and chips, and sweet tea, our favorite. Two days later we had our craft day and the girls were so excited and I was so proud. They made enough for three kids to go to church camp.
Riding My Horse
On my 16th b-day I got my horse. She was the best b-day gift that I got that year. I’ve had her for a very long time and I still have her. I have ridden her in the rodeo and in parades. I was in barrel racing with her and jumping with her. She makes me very happy whenever I am with her because she is a very good horse to ride when you are in a bad mood. Her eyes are what make me also very happy because they are a baby blue which reminds me of the sky on a beautiful day. She likes to be at the beach where she can walk along the water to cool down and she also likes to go for a swim at the beach with me on her. She is so full of so much fun that makes me very happy whenever I am riding her. Here is a poem also:
Riding A Horse
is so much fun to do
when you are in a bad mood.
So I think you should give it
a try sometime.