“What’s the matter, Eleanor?”

“I’m trying to find information on Mind in the Making, you know to find out if it’s an expression or if there’s a definition I could use but all I find it some book with that name.  If it weren’t for this book, would there even be such a thing as Mind in the Making?”

“Why are you trying to find information on it?”   

“Well, it’s one of the July prompts on this great blog, Putting My Feet in Dirt.  I have written posts for every prompt except this one.  It’s stumped me.  I don’t want to write about a book which talks about the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.  I’m not a parent so that doesn’t interest me at the present.  Let me ask you a question, Grandfather.  What comes to your mind when you hear the words, Mind in the Making?”

“I’m afraid nothing registers in my mind.”

“Hmmph.  This is so frustrating.  It’s a great prompt, mind you but I’m completely stumped.

“Don’t obsess over it.  Take a break.  Clear your head and you’ll think of something.”

“Okay.  I think I’ll go for a walk.”

She went to the park and after strolling for a bit, she found a bench facing the pond and sat down. 

“How was your walk?” her grandfather asked when she returned an hour later.

“It was great. It’s a beautiful day to be outdoors.”

“What about the problem you were having earlier?”

“Well, while I was strolling through the park, watching parents and their kids, it occurred to me that mind in the making applies to adults too.  I realized that in order for me to deal with any challenge, I must become more flexible in my thinking and approach. And as a result of that aha moment, I now have a pretty good idea of what to write for this prompt.


She rushed over to the desk and sat down in front of the laptop. He smiled as he heard her fingers were moving quickly across the keyboard. When she was done, she leaned back in the chair, a pleased look on her face. She got up and went over to her grandfather. “Thanks,” she said, hugging him.

“For what?”

“For believing in me.”

Posted for July 2020 Writing Prompts – #23 – Mind in the making

Source: Mind in the Making;

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