Came across an old journal. In reading through a few pages, I felt a lot of things. Just a few of the thoughts that went through my mind:
1. So interesting to see how my handwriting used to be as a teen and how it has evolved.
2. I totally remember going through that phase of writing my E’s like that, with the 3 lines. Totally inspired by the Esprit logo. Reminded me of making a b-line to the Esprit store at the outlet mall whenever we went. I was so drawn to that brand at the time. I had to google Esprit just now it to see if it was still around. ; )
3. Totally love that I wrote about little things … like calling my friend Brigitte and being cold at tennis practice, and getting to know Jen (a new friend), and going to Rite Aid to buy a lock (for my locker, I’m assuming) and a flower for my friend Robin.
4. I wish I wrote why I was buying a carnation for Robin. Was that her favorite flower? Was she having a bad day? Was it a random I’m-glad-you’re-my-friend gesture?
I am so grateful I kept journals. Going back, I not only recall poignant memories and glimpses of the past, but it also helps me to be more aware how how I’m still that same girl in many ways … and I appreciate how I’ve evolved as well.
I am reminded of the way I used to think (wow — the mentality of a teenager is something else, isn’t it??). As our kids get older I think I will quickly be able to connect with my younger self and remember that I too had feelings, fears, and concerns similar to what they may face. I believe this will help me relate more with them and be more patient.
Oh, the benefits of recording life. And encouraging our kids to do the same.
I can’t share a snippet of one of my childhood journals and not share a piece of my husband’s school journals. Seriously. How cute is this? I’m dying over the cursive signature on the green one. I don’t think David has ever, ever written in cursive since high school.
Thank you, mystery school teacher of 1982. Thank you for making it a required assignment that your students write in a daily journal. Thank you for encouraging David to write about the little things in life. Thank you current teachers everywhere who are engaging your students in any kind of journal-writing, record-keeping, story-telling activities. And encouraging the kids to keep this stuff.
As far as I’m concerned, this stuff is gold.