I kept a diary when I was in the sixth grade. It was a Hello Kitty one with a little locket and key. I kept it locked because at ten years old I for sure didn't want anyone reading what I wrote in there! The crush I had; what I thought of my parents idea of grounding me from the school dance; and the dreams I had of the future like who was going to sit next to who on the school bus.
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Most of the pages were filled with nothing I would ever want to keep today. It was all just fluff. Some pages talked a lot about what I ate for dinner. There were a few where I knew I just wanted to be done with this diary and so I started to write three times my normal size! Ha!
So, when I am writing in my Memory Planner I am trying to not have it be just "fluff". There are days where I tell more of the story. There are days that are so bad that it takes everything I have to just write that "it was sunny and we went to the park." I might not want to remember the experience we had trying to leave the park, but I am so grateful for that sunshine to help me get through it! That's ok!
I don't want this planner to have a lock and key. I want my children to be able to open it and see wonderful things about themselves.
My son will probably remember meals that we had as a family when he is an adult, but he might not remember the other small things that we did to show him our love.
I also want my children to see who their parents were besides being "parents". That we have passions and hobbies. That our lives are full with them in it, but that they do not define us as people. We have special personalities and this is expressed with photos or journaling in my planner too.
I hope this inspires you to write about your own passions and experiences. With no fluff or lock and key.
Create Well: Tell your true story. The one you want to be remembered by.