Personal Narrative 

As the rest of the country is focused on other, um, stories, the younger members of Fry Lodge have been learning about personal narrative – in school. Yesterday, Kristine and I attended Henry’s 4th grade classroom to celebrate his most recent work – writing about “small moments.” Ruby has also been writing up a storm, practicing descriptive writing about memories and emotions. 

I have to admit that I’ve been anxious about how the kids would adapt to their new Bellingham school and whether they might be lacking some of the necessary skills. If their recent writing is any indication, they are doing just fine. In fact, each of their teachers have described them as “highly capable.” Phew. Thank God for Kristine’s genes

So what are Henry and Ruby writing about? Apparently physical pain lends itself best to storytelling. I can relate: to my mom’s chagrin, my most often told story is about the time she nearly severed my thumb with the station wagon door. See, I can’t let it go. 

Henry and Ruby, I’m very proud of you. Keep writing! 

Henry’s small moments story is about the time he broke his finger at age six. 

Ruby’s personal narrative is about the time she was bounced off the bed and nearly broke her nose smashing into the wall at age three. 


About Tim Fry

Tim is a global communications consultant. He has a background in storytelling, opinion research, brand campaigns and product launches for clients big and small. He has been recognized with several industry awards, including Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and PR News' "15 to Watch." Tim has a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. When he's not helping people tell their best stories, you're likely to find him riding his bike, kayaking or catching Dungeness Crab on Lopez Island, WA. He can be reached at
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2 Responses to Personal Narrative 

  1. Kaye. Fry says:

    learning is the operative word! You learn what you have experienced. I am sorry about the initial pain and experience

  2. Kaye Fry says:

    Also eloquently written!

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