BEFORE THE BOAT BEGAN TO SINK

Viga Boland

Viga Boland is the author of 4 memoirs. She mentors memoir and creative writing groups for the Hamilton, Ontario Public Library. She is also a paid speaker at conferences on child sexual abuse. Viga blogs and podcasts from her site at MEMOIRABILIA, from her personal author's website, VIGA BOLAND, and on her latest site for writers of all genres, VIANVI.

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4 Responses

  1. David Shaw says:

    Hi,
    So reminiscent of my own childhood, even here in the UK. We had no problems with poisonous snake or turtles, and certainly not from Brahma bulls, but we has marshes, lakes, a wide river, and miles of tree covered downs. We would make our own rafts out of empty barrels and dubious strands of rope. I have lost count of the times the raft would break up or capsize with too many boys on it and my friends and I would then be obliged to swim to solid ground. Nice piece of nostalgia and nicely written. Thanks for the memory recall.

    • Viga Boland says:

      Thanks for commenting David. I’m so glad you are following these podcasts and there will be more of the ones you kindly recorded for me as well. As for Nancy’s writing: yes, she’s wonderful. I love her work. I’ll be featuring more of hers in future podcasts too.

  2. Cindy Keiger says:

    What a great story, told with everything needed to draw us in and make us part of the adventure. I especially loved that they lay on the ground, pretending to be dead. If they couldn’t sail the pond, at least they could catch buzzards! Ahhh. Childhood!

    • Viga Boland says:

      Cindy…you tapped into what is, for me, the most beautiful part of this story: the world, minds and antics of children. There’s a whimsy here…that childhood innocence that gets lost with age. Who of us doesn’t want to slip back there now and then. Thanks for commenting.