|This is a memory jar I made for an anniversary gift|
A few years ago, for Father's Day, I made Dad a memory jar. I took strips of paper and wrote down short memories. It was slow-going at first. But it helped that I could write just one sentence. I wrote, "I remember how you drove me to dance class." And "I remember us building the rabbit cage together." Once I got going, the memories started flowing, and I remembered a lot more little things I could write down. The whole process made me feel more grateful and more connected to my wonderful father. I stuffed the little colored strips of paper in a pint jar. And, my dad--who's notoriously difficult to shop for--enjoyed reading through the little strips of paper.
I wrote down memories of my mom for the next Mother's Day. Only, this time, I didn't use a jar. I wrote my sentences down on notecards and tied them with a ribbon. Here are a couple of memories I wrote down:
- I remember how you wallpapered my room and ran out of paper when you were 3/4 of the way through.
- I remember learning birds' names.
- I remember how you would wake me up singing "It's Uppy Uppy Time."
- I remember playing car bingo.
- I remember learning to sew on my Holly Hobby sewing machine.
The next year for my anniversary, I made a memory jar for my husband. For this one, I didn't even use complete sentences, just little phrases that would jog his memory:
- Dancing with the kids
- Arizona mountains
- Strawberry crepes
- Visting the library together