Preserving Memories in Writing


On a recent summer evening, I was putting my five year-old daughter to sleep when she suddenly turned to me and said:
“When I grow up, I don’t want to be a mom.”
“Really,” I replied. “Why?”
“Because it’s too much work.”

Laughing to myself, I vowed to write this one down. This was a conversation I wanted to remember. But I fell asleep and forgot all about it. Until now.

We all have those moments as mothers—precious, challenging, earth shattering—and by writing them down, we make them into unforgettable memories. When you’re feeling nostalgic, you can go back through your notebook and remember. When your child asks you what they were like when they were two, you can read them a snippet of conversation, or share a funny story.

It’s probably safe to say most mothers want a written record of their journey through motherhood, but there are many obstacles on the path that can prevent you from getting started. Here’s a short list of how to overcome those obstacles.

  1. No Time. All mothers are starved for time. But writing doesn’t actually have to take long. Buy a notebook. Keep it with you at all times. When you have five minutes—during an unexpected nap, at the park, during preschool—start writing, anything and everything.
  2. Don’t know what to say. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to know where to start. But you don’t have to write a bestseller. Writing leads to more writing. So start with a funny conversation, a struggle you had with your child, a moment you witnessed. Record as many details as you can.
  3. Need Inspiration. Sometimes, joining a group can help motivate us. Take a writing class, or start an informal writing group with some other moms. The group will help you find ideas, and provide motivation and deadlines.

Keeping your family memories alive does not have to be time-consuming, but it does require some discipline.


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