Over last four years, I have been trying to collect together pictures of myself particularly as a little girl. I asked family. I searched through albums and albums. The starkness was that. Barely 50 Pictures from age 0-12.
I can swallow that number, knowing that at least 50 pictures do exist. But what of family members that I have no pictures of? There are no pictures of the old homeplace, or of my Papaw’s truck. So many places and things that interweave to make me what I have become, yet I have no way to share them outside of stories of what little I can remember or stories that my parents or grandparents have passed down.
In November of 2013, I first began to entertain the idea of Project Life Style Documenting. I liked how 3×4 or 4×6 cards decoratively captured the special moments. There was also the focus on the ordinary, on memories, and on places/things. When I began pocket scrapbooking on 1/1/14, I knew I had found something my heart needed- a way to capture the Everyday.
Why is the Everyday so important? After all, we call it the mundane- the ordinary things.
- It is how the majority of our time is spent.
I suspect that you may be a lot like me: Not everyday is a birthday, anniversary, awards day, or milestone day. We are a family of four, with four birthdays one anniversary, and a sprinkling of holidays here and yonder. Most of our year isn’t in the grand moments. Things like work, laundry, walking the dog, and occasional games of yard football are our day-to-day.
- It is real & authentic.
There is an old saying that you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can never fool all of the people all of the time. Our family, surprisingly, is not perfect. Our house is not always spotless, the laundry is not always caught up & put away, our cars are not always newly washed and we certainly do not always get along. And that’s okay- that is authentic life. I don’t want my decendents to think that I was perfect by any means. I want them to have an understanding of the real & authentic me.
- Life can catch us by surprise
We get complacent at times that the life we have today will be what our life will look like forever. Not True. Circumstances change, jobs change, houses change, we age, our kids grow, and life has a funny way of snatching you by the heel just to see if you were paying attention. You may have heard this before but it is worth repeating: You will never be exactly this age again.
Example: On a January morning in 2007, I was headed to job at a small textile factory. It was a job that I had held for 2 years at that point. The routine was always the same: I would drive 3 miles to the interstate exit, get on the interstate for 15 miles, get off an exit and drive another 2 miles. However, on that January morning Life snatched me by the heel and shook me upside down. A totalled truck & permanent damage to my hip and spine still etch the results of that day.
I share that to say this: We never know what the day might bring.
- Lastlly, it is what Makes Life Precious
Death happens. Happy thought, isn’t it? It’s true though – we will all die.
When a loved one passes, we sit and recall the moments dearest to us. Maybe a last Christmas breakfast or a the time he helped teach you how to shoot a 20 gage. And it leaves us all wishing the same thing: we wished we could have all those moments back again.
365 days in a year, with each a bold possibilites and hopes. Documenting the last 5 months has brought me to such a humble place of appreciation. Already this year, I have had to say goodbye to a precious friend of mine. He was only 56. Each passing week, I find myself taking more care to document the little things and places that are a part of who I am Now.