Well, she started laughing hysterically and told me a story about my TheAnna that had me cracking up too! Sorry, but I can't even share it here. I will ask her permission first. Mine was very mellow in comparison, but I remember I was five years old and my younger sister, Michele, had just been brought home from the hospital. I must have been in the back seat of our car because I remember my mom holding Michele on her lap. There weren't car seats or seat belt laws back then! Next we were in the living room and I kept looking at my little sister and I couldn't pronounce her name. I think I may have called her "shell" but I can't remember. It's a great memory, because she is my best friend! My husband's was sitting in his kitchen cabinet banging pots and pans!
My mom said, "All right, I can do that, but my OCD won't let me write out of chronological order."
I laughed. Journaling doesn't require editing or an order unless you plan to submit it as an essay or write a memoir. It's writing your history, it's cementing memories in a way that others can enjoy. Writing down your history opens up the path to other memories and hopefully brings joy to those who write. It can also be cathartic and healing.
So each week my plan is to give my mom a writing prompt so she can write her personal history. And just to get her OCD going, I'm purposely going to go out of chronological order! Maybe you want to give it a try. You can write on a computer, get a fancy journal, a notebook, your iphone--it doesn't matter, but if your point is to share it with someone eventually, you want it accessible. If not, then any medium will work.
So get your journal and write about the earliest childhood memory you have. Feel free to share it here or with your family.
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Go write your His or Her Story!