Last year I was motivated by my friend Carla to start a “365 Project.” What is that? It’s taking a picture every day of the year – something you want to remember. I had already done that for the first part of Annie’s life, but I liked the challenge to keep it up. Now as 2011 comes to a close, I find that I have a picture of Annie for virtually each day of the year – and I’m tickled with myself! Annie loves to sit down at the computer and let me scroll through her pictures. I can tell it’s already important to her, but I know that as she grows it will be even more important – to her AND to Barry and me.
Let me just tell you something right now – my mind is totally shot. I have Momnesia. Sometimes I have a hard time recalling specifics from the past…..I even have issues telling you who came to my wedding. But when I sit down and look at Annie’s pictures, I remember things. It brings stuff back to my memory that I otherwise would have forgotten – and for me, that’s worth more than gold. And yes, I have to look through wedding albums to see who came to the wedding – or ask my mom – or ask Barry….heck, everyone except me remembers. I need to take Ginkgo-Biloba.
It doesn’t have to be something super-duper amazing for you to take a photo. And I find that’s the most charming thing about it…….it helps me remember ordinary days. Our lives are made of ordinary days – why not document it so that we remember? I found myself taking pictures of Annie doing her daily activities – brushing her teeth, eating her lunch, going to the bathroom (yes, it’s true),combing Barry’s hair. It’s not just important on days that she has a milestone – it’s important to me as I find her reading to her babies…it’s important when I find her unrolling the entire roll of toilet paper…it’s important when I find her hiding behind the bed with the remote control…it’s important when she wears a bucket on her head.
I also find that this project is cheaper for me than taking sporadic photos and getting them developed for a photo album. Since I DO NOT scrapbook, I get these pictures developed into a Shutterfly book. I’m able to make notes under them that way. I try to wait for various times during the year when Shutterfly runs sales – now I’ve got my book and my photos – I didn’t have to get them printed or find a nice photo album.
Next year I plan on doing the 365 project again since it was so successful this year. Join me?
*This post is linked on Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes.