A co-worker put her hands to her face, signed big and lamented she couldn’t believe her son was graduating. Slightly distressed and in mourning she shared, “I’m trying to cherish EVERYTHING, even the over-busy schedule.”
My tired-working-mom-who’d-just-watched-her-first-grader-get-on-the-bus brain would not let me comprehend.
That’s an eternity for me.
I couldn’t relate.
Until later that night lying on my bed, my brain replayed the conversation. I reflected on my own kids. My oldest son – that week – became taller than me. (His dad, “Go back-to-back with your mom! You’re taller than her! You weren’t yesterday. My goodness. You grew an inch overnight. *Pause.* Did that hurt?) My middle son – now in 5th grade – carried his shiny, red Lightening McQueen car with him everywhere yesterday. (Or maybe that was when he was 4-years-old.) And my baby now knows how to read. (When did that happen?)
The comprehension was beginning to settle in. My oldest actually will graduate tomorrow, his brother the next day and our baby the day after.
I probably should take seriously “Cherish it all and find a way to remember.”
I guess I do already have a way to capture family moments. The conversation re-fueled me to keep up my hobby. At the end of the year, I always make a family Shutterfly photo album. I include kids quotes, artwork (so we can throw out the actual beloved 16 x 18 picture stiff with glue and construction paper), paragraphs/journals/papers they have to write for school, and of course excess amounts of my photography. (Don’t ask me to cook dinner though. The boys know to go to dad if you actually want the food to taste good.) I keep a journal in my purse where I jot down funny things my kids say (among other things.)
My friend writes the humorous words out of her kids’ mouths on her wall calendar. (Brilliant, lady.) But you could also use your calendar phone, notes app on your phone, desk calendar or daily planner.
Also, you could have your kid resay the funny thing or tell about the moment and record it with your phone/camera/go-pro hopefully linked directly to your drive in the cloud to be forever recorded.
My husband’s buddy organizes his digital photos in folders, then periodically runs each photo through a digital frame.
Many peoples’ social media accounts ARE their scrapbooks. They share posts like mine below:
My 9yo son’s Godzilla toy is missing.(It’s somewhere in our home.) Missing poster with a picture of Godzilla toy just got taped to the hallway wall. Reward = $100,000,000. Feel free to rush over.
Of course, there are the traditional scrapbooks. I love doing this, but you need time. But the time doesn’t have to be right now. I threw all my wedding memories in a plastic bin and 8-years-after scrapbooked it. It turned out fun to re-live those memories so far after our special day.
Old-school printing out pictures and putting them in albums is a lovely way to remember and less work than scrapbooking.
Or for those that aspire to scrapbook or organize photos in an album, take out everything, and are already bored – they can throw everything in a memory box and call it done.
Your turn to share. How do you preserve your memories? Do you have other ideas or memory-sharing-hacks for the rest of us? Let us know in the comments below.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.