Saturday, June 28, 2008

Birthdays Trigger Many Memories

My oldest daughter just had her birthday. As I thought about the day she was born a lot of memories came back to me. This would be a good time to record things that happened on the day she was born. We went to see fireworks on the Fourth of July one week after she was born. There was a lightning storm competing with the fireworks. I wasn't sure which was prettier. Memories like this are things my daughter would never know if I didn't tell her about them. Other birthday memories such as a party when you were older or a special gift or a surprise are all good things to record.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer Memories--What Did You Do When You Didn't Have To Do Anything

Summer time is often a more relaxed time of the year, especially for kids. School is out and time is less structured. What do you remember most about your summer vacations? What did you do when you didn't have to do anything? Answering questions like these gives a lot of insight into your life. If you liked to lay in the grass and watch the clouds go by, that tells a lot about you. If you liked to run or ride a bike or do something else full of activity that tells something else about you. Did you read a lot? Did you play sports with others? Did you practice a musical instrument? Did you grow a garden? Did you draw pictures? What you spent you time doing shows what was most important and enjoyable to you. The things you did certainly shaped you and help you to become the kind of person you are. Record the things you enjoyed doing and record the things you had to do even if you didn't enjoy doing them. The chores we had to do, the difficult things we had to deal with, the problems we had to solve all helped us to become the way we are. Writing them down will help give insight into your life and into why you are the way you are.

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