The things that will never make it in the baby books and other musings from a stay at home mom

Monday, April 03, 2006

The remembering paper

"I should write about this on my remembering paper," Julia told me today as she was working on an art project after school. I was only half listening, truth be told, but something about the words she used caught my attention. "What's a remembering paper?" I asked.

"It's something I write things down on so I can remember them," she replied. "You know, like if we have Fit To Go or something. I don't know where it went, though. I'll have to start a new one."

I felt my breath catch in my throat for a minute. "That sounds a little like a diary or a journal," I told her. "They're blank books where people write about their thoughts and ideas and experiences so that they can look back and remember them later." Julia nodded. "Yeah, it's just like that," she said.

"Sometimes," I continued, "people write those things on the computer, and then they're called blogs. I do that. I write things down in a blog -- things that you and Evan do and say and things I think about -- so that I can remember them later on. Is that kind of the same thing you're talking about?" She nodded again. "Did someone else teach you about remembering papers?" I asked. "No, it was my idea," she replied.

It's such a simple thing, really. Millions and millions of people write in journals and diaries and blogs ever day. I didn't invent the idea any more than my daughter did, and neither of us are particularly unique in our desire to record the minutiae of our lives for posterity. But the fact that my daughter felt the unprompted urge to journal at the age of 4? This pleases me more than I can say.

Julia watches as I flip open the laptop and start to type. "Mommy, what does that say?"

"I'm writing in my remembering paper about your remembering paper," I reply. "You know, so I won't forget." A big smile spreads over her face. "Huh," she says. Huh indeed.


At 10:05 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Aww! Sweet, sweet, sweet. Both of you.

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Rosemary said...

It is so amazing that children come up with these concepts on their own -- and more so that Julia would at age 4! What a wonderful thing it is to share experiences between mother and daughter, especially from such a young age.

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Gretchen said...

Well, well. What a girl. A to-do list! Like Shrek, when Fiona asks him why he didn't slay the dragon: "It's on my to-do list, oKAY?" Looks like she's a writer not a fighter. Just like her mama.

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Dana said...

I caught my breath reading this. Julia again reminds me so much of Danielle.

This was beautiful to read, not only because I can picture all of this easily (you make it so), and not because I see three generations of my own family in this, but also because of the way you have brought the whole idea of journaling full circle. Wonderful!


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