Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Family History TuesdayZ | Favorite Objects

Here is this week's journal prompt :

My Memories :
I was a huge stuffed animal collector growing up. I had so many that they pretty much could fill up my room. Growing up, I had what we referred to as my "hut." My bed was kind of like a built-in bunk bed without a bed underneath it - instead there was a little room underneath the bed. I had some shelves for my books and other knick-knacks and then the rest of my hut was filled with stuffed animals. I loved snuggling in there and reading. 

I don't remember really sleeping with my stuffed animals - some of them did reside on the bottom of my bed. I did have a few favorites!

Whisper - is a big white unicorn that my parents brought back to me when I was about 3. They went on a trip (I think to Vegas) and brought it back to me as a souvenir. I would ride it and play with it and it was my very favorite. Even though it is really worn out - I still have it and have handed it down to my daughter - who also adores it.

Big Red - This huge bay clydesdale horse was at my grandparents house (next door). I don't know where my grandpa got it but I begged to have it for a really long time before my grandma gave it to me. I don't know where he ended up.

Black Cat - Even though cats have never been my favorite, this black stuffed kitty was given to me in the hospital when I was born by my older sister. I always loved it and feel very sad since I don't know what happened to it.

Panda Bear - My grandparents gave this to me for Christmas one year. It had really soft fur and was a treasure. My kids have it now.

Blankets - I also did have a couple of treasured blankets. One blanket was a dark pink with big blue squares (made for me when I was born by a neighbor/friend) that had different animals stitched inside. I adored this blanket and it went everywhere with me. Unfortunately, I left it at a friend's house at a sleepover and it was never returned. 

The other favorite was a baby blanket made by my great-grandma. It was a very soft pink on one side and the other side was white with tiny pink roses. There was a handstitched triangular border around it. I used it for my daughter as a baby blanket too and she used it way past toddler age before it completely fell apart.

I feel sad to not know where any photos of these are. I will have to take some photos of the ones I have left!

Each Tuesday, I am going to be offering prompts or ideas. If you don't write in your journal regularly - I am going to encourage you to write just ONCE A WEEK and answer the question/idea that I give on Tuesdays. These ideas hopefully will spark a memory and you will be able to capture that in what you write/record so that it can be left for your children/grandchildren/family/friends. Give as much detail as you can when answering.

Will you do this for me? Will you do this for your families? You can write it down in a journal, you can type it up on a computer or journaling software, you can take a recorder and talk, you can videotape your answers, you can even scrap a page with the journaling. It doesn't matter how you do this - it's just important that you do it. The memories, the dates, the information is the only real thing we can leave to our families when we are gone.

If I come up with other family history ideas - I will be sure to share it here too - and if you want to share with me your ideas - that would be wonderful and I'd be glad to share them here too. Just comment here or email me at dedesmith32@gmail.com.

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