Bite Size Memoir: Crazy

Lisa’s prompt this fortnight for the Bite Size Memoir I found the most difficult of all her prompts to date. I’m simply not crazy. I may at times appear that way to others but to myself I’m logical, rational and have fun in ways that don’t normally endanger health or hurt other people. I’m adventurous in well thought out ways. I don’t jump off cliffs hanging on to a piece of rope or climb mountains with sheer drops  if the foot doesn’t quite stay on that crack in the face of the rock. To me that is crazy. As I sat and pondered what have I done that was crazy I could come up with some things but on reflection I was just plain stupid. So following is my bite – I’m probably crazy to submit it.

I’m not a crazy person by nature. I did all the normal things that a child does that adults consider crazy, such as tie my brother to a derelict chimney which threatened to rain bricks down upon him. Taking my hairbrush when I ran away was crazy as it was used to mete out the punishment  I received for the chimney episode.  Houdini was responsible for that and  for the ice baths my brother and I started to subject ourselves to. Again my mother told us we were crazy.  I probably was crazy when I took to my brother in a fit of rage with an axe. We were thought crazy when we went to Vanuatu but to me that was an adventure. I was crazy when I married my first husband but that’s a longer story.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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17 Responses to Bite Size Memoir: Crazy

  1. bkpyett says:

    Craziness is often defined by how you look at the world. I liked your examples. It’s nice to think you no longer wield the axe to your brother!!


  2. M-R says:

    Love the punchline. [grin]

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Sounds like you’ve outgrown your crazy but those are some crazy funny childhood stories! Your last line is great! Good writing, Irene. 🙂

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  4. TanGental says:

    Hey, good about the book but yes it drives you nuts. I must say I emphasize with the axe. If only I could have sourced an axe at anytime between say 6 and 15 he was fish food. I’m both reconciled with and to him now, 40 years on but some might say that is even more crazy. Love the writing Irene


  5. Lisa Reiter says:

    Some lovely examples in here and I too laughed out loud at that punch line. A different kind of crazy to the mega stressed state that editing may yet reveal to you!?

    Thanks for playing again and Cheers! Here’s to the next stage of your book ! 🍸


  6. I feel the underlying tension within this piece.

    Congrats on finishing your book!

    Peace to you.


  7. Sherri says:

    Love it, haha, and ditto on the last line. Boy, can I relate to that, ha o_O There’s an awful lot of reading between the lines with the craziness you write about here Irene…wonderful the way you wrote it, very telling about the hairbrush…and as for the axe incident, well, that would make for one heck of a story in its entirety 😮 This is a superb read in 150 words, fast paced, packed full of adventure and thoroughly gripping.
    Also reading in the comments your wonderful news that you have finished your book Irene…that’s fantastic, congratulations, yay indeed! You continue to inspire me as I follow in your footsteps…and Lisa’s!! Then, as you all agree, the hard part. Enjoy the high for as long as it lasts…and let’s get going on that walk right now and celebrate afterwards 😀 >3 🙂


    • Yes I can relax into a walk right now with no feelings of guilt. I’ve been antisocial for too long and I’ll probably be so a bit longer as I have to now work on the editing and writing my reflection. 🙂
      I knew you too would have the very same last line. But if we weren’t crazy to do it would we be where we are today and as I love where I am today I can’t regret it at all. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the 150 words as I really struggled with this one.
      Off on our walk. 🙂 ❤


      • Sherri says:

        Writing your reflection is more important right now…I’ll be thinking of you Irene 🙂
        This is true, we need the crazy but it’s great to know you are so happy now. And I really did enjoy your bite, it really grabbed me 🙂
        Great…on my way… 😛 ❤

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