Okay, this is a Pinterest idea that was fabulous and easy to do. I’m glad that’s written because I don’t know how often I can say that. I found an idea on the site that I adored. It was quite simple. Create an email account for your child.
A parent will send stories, anecdotes, cute quotes, reflections, pictures, and videos to this email account. It will be a virtual scrapbook of sorts upon completion. When the child turns 18, you give him/her the password. My oldest is already 13 so I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do. Today’s first: create an email account for E to begin storing these items for him.
I am not a scrapbooking kind of person. I was horrible at keeping a baby book. I wish I was good at this, but I’m just not. However, I love technology. I can do this.
When I graduated, my mother gave me two scrapbooks. These included any time my name was in the newspaper, awards I may have won in school, pictures, tickets, and all the sort of things you’d expect to find in a scrapbook. And this was before scrapbooking was trendy. In my first apartment living alone and a couple of hours away from my parents, I would look through it again and again and again. I’m not sure if it was because I liked looking at my past or because I was just so amazed my mom had kept these things all these years without me even realizing it.
Maybe I won’t share the password with him when he turns 18. Maybe I’ll wait until he goes to college….or gets married. No matter what I decide, I look forward to the day when I share this password with E and see his expression as he revisits his past and sees my his childhood through my eyes.