I have decided to create a memory box (or a safe keep box). This isn’t my idea, it came from the book I read recently (“The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin). Around my house I have lots of little bits and pieces that I treasure, but they are scattered in drawers and boxes and will one day get lost or broken and that will make me sad. So the other day I went and bought a pretty box (from the $$ shop) and have started to gather up those memories and store in one place.
So what am I keeping?
It might be a movie ticket or something that someone made for me, a special card or note that I have received, a menu from a restaurant or favourite piece of lace or ribbon - just little things that remind me of those I love or places I have been. I have things that my sons have given me over the years or something of theirs that I want to keep - these are extra special memories. Usually mothers build memory boxes for their children, but I also think it is important for us to built our own as they will be such wonderful gifts for our children and grandchildren later in life.
|Some of my son's art work in his memory book.|
When my children were little I created “scrapbooks”. These weren't fancy and didn't take up a lot of time—in a large scrapbook I gathered together selected drawings (their very early scribbles all the way through to their teens), paintings, school work, sports certificates, poetry etc.. to create a wonderful memory of their childhood. These have been useful when I have created their 21st photo books which I have called "0 to 21". I scanned in paintings and school work to include among the photos. These can, of course be made into fancy scrapbooks, but as I am not into scrap booking (nor do I have the time), this is a much quicker way to do things (and cheaper). My eldest son has been given his and it's his fiance that loved it and has had a great time looking through it—and I am sure any children they have will also love looking at what their dad did when he was little.
There are many ways to preserve memories, something I think is important in families—more so now in our fast electronic age when things can easily go astray.