When my dad passed away last year, one of the treasures I ended up with is a journal that he kept for about five years. On the cover he had written, "Entries Made Ever Now and Then!" Sure enough, he didn't write every day, and he didn't write at length. The longest entry was about four sentences, yet most of them brought back a whole panoply of recollections. Some were about everyday life. "Zinnias very pretty." "Carved Tommy a walking stick." "Bonnie baking pies." Others were about landmarks in our lives. "We have another great-granddaughter!" "Mark departs for Russia." Besides bringing back memories, the journal serves the useful purpose of reminding us of dates.
I've learned that there is a cadre of dedicated journal-keepers who subscribe to the "shorter-is-better" philosophy. Some keep their journals on their calendars. Some keep them on the computer. Some restrict themselves to one sentence per day. I've never been able to keep a journal consistently, but maybe I could manage a sentence a day. I'd like to create something that my children and grandchildren could read some day and remember-"Oh, yes, the zinnias!"
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