As much as I try to be a good mommy, time after time I find myself confronted with reminders of just how far I fall short. Take last month, for instance, while I was cleaning out my youngest daughter’s closet. And may I share here; I am truly amazed at how much stuff I’d been able to cram in there over the years. Too bad the ability to hide junk is not on the good mommy rating scale!
Anyway, let me start from the beginning. I save everything having to do with milestones in my children’s lives. Baby teeth. Locks of hair from the first haircut. Hand prints. Foot prints. Drawings. Colorings. Paintings. Sand art. Splatter art. School writing samples. Awards. Certificates. Report cards. Programs from dance recitals, baton recitals, soccer and baseball tournaments, and band concerts. Letters and cards from each of them.
At face value sounds like something a good mommy would do, right? Now ask me where I keep my mommy memorabilia.
Crammed into my youngest daughter’s closet. Where the baby teeth and locks of hair got mixed up, so I’m not sure who they belong to. Where the artwork my beloved children presented me with pride over the years, yellowed and bent and crumpled and tore.
And the pictures. THOUSANDS of them stuffed into boxes, left to fade and curl and stick together. Very few are labeled, and since my youngest daughter often wore my oldest daughter’s hand-me-downs, damned if I can tell them apart in certain pictures.
I need to do better.
For you younger moms out there, don’t let this happen to you! Don’t let your mementos amass to an overwhelming, disorganized heap of bags, file boxes, and Rubbermaid containers that look more like refuse waiting for trash pickup than valuable reminders of treasured times. Don’t be a bad mommy like me!!!
I am at your mercy, fellow mommies. Please share how you preserve your children’s childhood memories. What you keep vs. what you get rid of. And what do you do with the stuff you keep? I’ve thought about scrap-booking, but to tell you the truth, I am the anti-crafter. My creativity is limited to the written word. But any helpful hints and suggestions would be very much appreciated.
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