This is the 12th day in a series: 31 Days of Memory Keeping. Check out all the posts here.
Lately, I have had a renewed sense of commitment to recording my story through words.
I think this is partly because I gave my 85-year-old spry grandma a book of prompts to record her life story. She lives alone and I thought it might be something she could work on for just 10 minutes a day. She has beautiful old-fashioned cursive handwriting and has never shared a whole lot of her story.
I hoped that this book would get her to write down some things we might not otherwise know.
Can you imagine? What a treasure this book would be for generations to come!
Unfortunately, the process overwhelms her and despite my pleading, the book just sits on a table in her den.
And so, I decided I would record my story. Better to do it at 29 than 85, right?
I got this journal, Reflections From a Mother’s Hearta while back, but have just started filling it out. The book is divided in to 12 months, with 12 questions a month. You certainly do not have to start it in January though! Every page has a question on it. I have been answering four-six questions a week. Sometimes I do it before bed, sometimes while sitting in the bathroom while Elias is in the bathtub. It doesn’t take long to answer a question (probably about five minutes), but I know that the book when I have finished it will be a beautiful keepsake of stories I otherwise wouldn’t have recorded.
As memory keepers, I think that when it comes to our own childhood and early adulthood we often don’t record much of our own memories. Instead, we start in the place where we are.
Going backward feels too overwhelming.
And for the most part, it is.
But, I think this journal is the perfect solution. It is easy to answer prompts and it doesn’t take much time.
The finished product is a long-lasting legacy of you – your words, your handwriting, your memories.
And nothing is more special than that.
And if you think your husband would be interested, there is a A Father’s Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words too.