Friday, February 03, 2012

Zoom in on Gratitude: 30 day challenge

WRITTEN WORDS


Looking back at these old journals, I don't even remember a lot of things I wrote about in them.  I am not the same person as I was then.  Cliff used to tell me, "I've had several different wives," (all of them were me, by the way) "and I'm just waiting for the sex maniac wife to show up."  I treasure those journals for the memories they hold, but I plan to destroy them eventually.   On the far left in this picture, the newspaper article taped in the journal is my mother-in-law's obituary.  The paper you see sticking out at the top of the same journal is a picture my grandson drew of me when he was five or six years old.


10 comments:

formerly fortypoundsack said...

Cliff cracks me up!

Anonymous said...

I do my journal on here (just for me)and have several CDs that I eventually transfer them to at the end of the year. I have quite a few-I don't remember what year I did start them-but they are nice to be able to mark down what happend and how it effects you. There ae some great memories, along with the not so good--but that's life! I enjoy making down all my feelings and most the time it helps me to think things out. I enjoy your blog and read it everyday! I've saved in a specail spot the youtube of your young neighbor that has cancer and plays the drums--I hope he is doing well.

ingasmile said...

Whyyy would you destroy them?? As a daughter who lost her mother way to early (I was 29 and she was 52), I would treasure something like that from her. As it is I have very little. I have a few calendars that marked her daily coming/goings and a few other papers/letters that she wrote but to have journals like yours are truly a treasure!! Please leave them for your children they will treasure them! Maybe even pass them to their own children.

Inga

TARYTERRE said...

PLEASE, do NOT destroy them. I had a collection of journals I had been keeping for years. One night in a fit of rage over absolutely NOTHING important, I slowly and methodically put each one into the fireplace, lit a match and watched all my words go up in smoke. I wanted them to be gone because they were from a different gal. BIGGEST mistake of my life. I mourn their loss everyday. I don't want you to have the same regrets.

Donna said...

Anonymous, the neighbor is doing OK so far, getting chemo from time to time. His hair grows back, then it's time for another chemo session and he loses it.
Inga, my children have absolutely no interest in family history or my own history. I'm still trying to figure out who will get my grandma's music box, because the kids don't want it. My sister's grandsons like stuff like that; I may give it to them.

Angela said...

I'm kinda like that in that I have kept many journals throughout the years and have destroyed them all at some point or another. What I do keep and don't have the heart to tear up are the many short, true stories (some only a page or two) that I have written throughout my life. Those are kept away from my destructive hands in a box.

And now that I think about it, I think that's why I like to blog. It's sort of like an ongoing journal that I can't shred (and don't have the nerve to delete). I have often thought that one day I would like to print it all out to keep.

Loved this post, by the way.

darev2005 said...

That would have to be strange, looking back on some of those old memories. I've run across stuff i wrote years ago and thought "What a freaking dork I was back then!"

Tell Cliff I'm waiting for the same thing myself! (grin)

ingasmile said...

But Donna, I didn't want to know about my Mom's history until she was gone. Your kids have you now therefore there is no longing or interest about your history or heritage. But when you aren't there to ask they will wonder.

I can tell your journals are very special and there has to be someone who would like them. They may not read them right away but just knowing they had them would be a great comfort.

Inga

Sheila Y said...

Don't destroy them. I would love to have a journal that one of my ancestors wrote...learning how their day to day life was. Wish I had kept a journal all these years, for all the things I can't remember now. Take care, Sheila

Amy said...

Well, I would like to know where all these sex maniac wives live. Jesse claims to be waiting for one, too!