Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Peanut Butter Heart
I opened a new jar of peanut butter yesterday. When our boys were young, there was a commercial for one of the peanut butter brands (I think it was Skippy) where the mother drew a heart on the top of the peanut butter spread on a slice of bread before she gave it to her child. I started drawing a heart on the top of each new peanut butter jar as I packed school lunches over the years. If one of the boys was around when I opened the new jar I would make sure that they saw the heart - but usually it was just something I did on my own. To this day, I still draw the heart when I am the one to open a new jar of peanut butter.
I finally remembered to take a picture of the peanut butter heart. It was one of those things that I always thought about doing but never remembered at the actual time I was drawing the heart on the peanut butter. I have a sneaking suspicion that my memory of this peanut butter "tradition" is much stronger than the memories of either of our sons - in fact, I asked our younger son and he only has a vague recollection of this ever happening. I'm not sure why I still draw the hearts - it just gives me a happy feeling and makes me think that I am sending a little love to everyone who eats that peanut butter.
So why am I telling you about this? I want to encourage you to take photos of things that will preserve a memory of some part of your daily life. Too often, photos are only taken on "occasions" and the little things are forgotten. This has changed somewhat with the move to digital photography and camera phones but I think there are many times that you could snap a quick photo to illustrate a family tradition or memory and then create a scrapbook page to tell the story behind the photo. While it is a lot of fun to look at vacation, holiday and birthday photos, the pages that show ordinary everyday activities and interesting customs will probably be the ones that resonate with your family.
I have strayed quite far from my scrapbooking and I am going to make an effort to do more - some of the pages I make I will share but some will probably not be all that interesting to others. I prefer a very simple style and I don't use a lot of bulky embellishments when I make scrapbook pages. I like my books to close neatly and I save all of the "fancy stuff" for cards and other projects.
I am adding a linky tool to this post so you can share a photo memory or tell a story. If there is something you'd like to photograph and then create a page or a blog post to explain why it is meaningful to you I'd love to read about it (and I think some of the other "regulars" would enjoy it too!). If it is easier for you to add your thoughts in a comment, please go ahead and leave a comment. Just be careful, I think there is an upper limit to how long your comment can be so you should copy and paste it into a document or email before you try to post so you won't lose everything if it is rejected for length.
Every day we get a little closer to finishing the project - here are the new floor boards in place. Today they will start sanding so don't be surprised if a thin veil of dust arrives with your email tomorrow!
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