Summer Statues and Scrapbooks (Helping Kids Scrapbook Their Summers)

We are currently on the last leg of a week-long Tour of Statues. A whistle-stop week fit for a founding father.   A Declaration of Independence Palooza. The six-year-old is seeing Philadelphia, DC and NYC for the very first time and I have no idea if he’ll remember it.

When do you start remembering things?

I think my first memory was when I learned to open an individual-sized packet of Saltines all by myself. I was six, and apparently very proud of this accomplishment since I remember it at all. What I’m saying is, besides the cracker celebration, most of  my remembered childhood is only remembered because there were photos…and I remember the photos my mom took.

But these are different times, and photos are a dime a dozen, in pixelized forms on phones that we lose or forget and never print out. And I don’t want him to lose these memories. Hell, I don’t want to lose these memories.

So he’s started a Summer Scrapbook. He wrote down 12 things he wanted to accomplish this summer, and he’s doing them. Then he’s taking his own photos of it all. Then he’s writing about it. And then I’m going to throw that all together into a digital scrapbook (to be printed) of everything. Done and done.

It’s a project for school (our version of his summer journal) and an in-process memory keeper.

So far, it’s awesome. His take on things is simplistic and smart, and he will totally love reading this in a few years. Also, it’s one of those things I’m destined to find in 10 years…a little time capsule of our Tour of Statues…and cry my eyes out. You know how that goes…the days are long but the years are short. And I don’t want to forget any of it.

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A big thanks to Wendy’s for sponsoring this campaign. You can use its new scrapbooking app to create a digital scrapbook you can post to Facebook in a few simple steps. So smart. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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