Water is life.
It’s all around us here in Whatcom County. Even the name “Whatcom” is derived from the Lummi word Xwotʼqom, meaning “noisy waters.” Freshwater streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, and rain that all flow into the salty waters of the bay and on to the Salish Sea are vital to life here in Northwest Washington.
Now it’s your turn to write a water story that is meaningful to you.
Write a story that has water as the theme. Then — and this is the important part — share your water story with someone. Send it to us (we’d LOVE it if you did), or tell it to a family member or friend over the phone.
Stories are traditionally spoken, but they can also be written. Stories can…
- be imaginative
- be creative
- be personal
- describe the details of something that happened
- tell the tale of a lesson you learned
- Or a combination of all of these!
You can write about anything water-related that you want. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Do you have a favorite memory of rain or a rainstorm?
- What activities do you enjoy doing at the beach?
- Have you seen trash in a body of water? How did this make you feel?
- Tell the story of the first fish you caught.
- Write about your first memory of water.
- What animals do you find around a lake? What about a river? Ocean?
- How do you feel when you are at a lake, river, or ocean?
- Tell us about the smells you associate with water.
- Write about the migration journey of a salmon.
- Write about being on a lake or river or ocean at dusk.
- Is there a favorite place you like to swim? Why?
- Make up a story about the creation of your favorite body of water.
- Write about an animal or plant you find along a river, lake, or ocean.
- Who do you go with to the lake, river, stream, ocean?
- When and where did you learn to swim? Was it hard or easy for you?
- Share a memory of being on a boat or a canoe or a kayak.
- Describe in detail what you see in a tide pool.
- Make up a story about an animal that lives in the ocean.
- Do you feel differently on a river than when you are on the ocean? How?