With mugs full of hot tea (and probably some cookies), arms overflowing with stickers, and all the pens we could scrounge up from the bottoms of our backpacks, we stomped into Hannah’s bedroom. Julia pulled four glass jars out of her bag as I spread out my stickers all over the floor.
We had decided a few weeks before to start a new tradition for 2015: rather than set resolutions that were bound to be forgotten, we wanted to collect memories and moments from the year. The plan: write down one thing from each day, be it something we are grateful for, a funny anecdote, or a series of events from the day. Save each of these notes in a glass jar and open it back up the following year to remember and appreciate. Our “rememberlutions”.
We finally made a date to meet at the 2€ store in Chambery a few weeks into January. We explored the shelves overflowing with odd 2€ goodies: mugs with pictures of hot dogs, bowls labelled “BOWL bowl bowl” (in English), a perplexing comic book about Obama, a delightful range of bedazzled lighters. “Here!” exclaimed Hannah, pulling a glass jar with a hinged lid from behind a row of candleholders. It was perfect. We bought four different colors: one for each of us plus one for Gabriel, Hannah’s soon-to-be fiancé.
Thanks to my exorbitant sticker collection, we decorated the jars and started scrawling post-it notes to add that night, a ritual that I kept up for about 7 more months, before my jar started to overflow. Skip ahead to February, 2016. I dumped out all the notes onto my bed and began the process of reopening them. It was such a thrill to remember and appreciate the small moments that had stuck out to me so many months ago, and hilarious to relive some of those memories that otherwise would be lost to time.
This March, I’m hoping to reuse some of these post it notes as inspiration for new posts, stories that I haven’t shared yet. This will be part of a March Writing Challenge run by Two Writing Teachers blog, which my mom introduced me to. The goal is to write a Slice of Life story every day during the month of March. Last November I did the NaBloPoMo/NanoPoblano challenge, and even though I wasn’t able to blog every day of the month, I’m looking forward to trying again. And I’m especially looking forward to revisiting my rememberlutions!
By the way, here’s what 7 months worth of memories looks like! How have you celebrated past memories? ❂
Slice of Life is a daily writing challenge during the month of March hosted by Two Writing Teachers. Visit their blog for more information about the challenge and for advice and ideas about how to participate.