“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by so quickly you hardly catch it going.” –Tennessee Williams
A beautiful young lady in my life has just begun her senior year of high school, and I know how special and exciting that time was for me. So, I wanted to do something throughout this year to let her know I’m thinking about her and lend her bits of wisdom about being seventeen. At the beginning of the school year in late August, I sent her a package with a card I made for her:
I used a chalkboard template that I got from the blog “How to Nest for Less.” I also used many of the fonts recommended on that post. I downloaded most of them from Dafont. Included in the package was a beautiful journal designed in all of her favorite colors. (Journal by Paperchase from Borders)
I wrote heartfelt letter encouraging my sweet girl to diligently document her senior year as something she could look back on in the future. I wanted it to be something that she had a hand in creating, but here are some of the suggestions I offered:
- Will it become a “to-do” list for your busy year?
- Will it become a “bucket list” for the things you want to experience this year, or in your life?
- Will it become a gratitude journal listing 3-5 things a day for which you are thankful?
- Will it become a one-sentence-a-day journal (www.happiness-project.com)?
- Will you write long, detailed ramblings about the ups-and-downs of your year?
- Will it become a scrapbook journal with items taped and pasted inside?
- Will it be a dream journal of all the crazy things that go through your head while you sleep?
- Will it be a simple journal listing three things that happened to you that day – good, bad or just plain worth remembering?
- Or, will it just be a little bit of all-of-the-above?
- Or will you make up your own journal format?
School is almost two months underway. She assures me she is writing! I am looking forward to coming up with something clever and meaningful for each month of this year until her special graduation day next May.