I Want To Remember

I want to remember that Simon wore a long sleeved Angry Birds t-shirt, blue shorts and his "summer shoes" since the weather was still nice. He was super excited about the shirt.

I want to remember that Simon decided to keep using the same backpack he's had since kindergarten. A simple blue backpack from REI that's really a tad small for him but I know it's comfortable and familiar and it still fits what he needs to take back and forth.

I want to remember how excited Anna was to go to school. She bounded down the stairs way too early, before Simon had even left. She was ready to get in the car way too early after a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast and milk.

I want to remember how awesome it is whenever my Mom visits, even more so on special days like this.

I want to remember how Anna's teacher whispered to her as she entered the classroom, "Anna you are going to be such a great helper this year."

I want to remember Simon bounding off the bus with a big smile on his face when he returned home. He was so happy that he got to eat cheese pizza for lunch.

I want to remember picking Anna up from school and getting to see her napping on her cot. Most of the time she's up and playing on the playground when I pick her up - it was a special treat to see her comfortable and peacefully asleep.

I want to remember how Simon told me at the dinner table that his most favorite part of the day was "switching groups" (like when they moved from painting to reading) and his least favorite part was that the bus was late in the morning.

I want to remember how Anna told me at the dinner table that her most favorite part of the day was "drawing" and that her least favorite was that she didn't get to paint.

I want to remember how Simon & Anna chose to watch a classic Shirley Temple movie "Bluebird" after dinner.

I want to remember that even when it feels tough sometimes there's so much love here and we end our days with hugs, kisses, prayers and I love you's.

The technique of using a repeated phrase such as "I want to remember..." as a journaling prompt is one of my favorite strategies for storytelling. No reason to re-invent the wheel when this one really helps me get my stories told.

Want more? Check out my 13 Everyday Life Journaling Prompts or learn more about my approach in my self-paced online workshop Storyology.

62 thoughts

  1. Jen

    2012-09-06 13:04:58 -0400

    Love, love, love this!! I think I will try this for my kiddos first day of Senior Kindergarten tomorrow :-) Thanks as always Ali!!!

  2. Pam

    2012-09-06 15:00:20 -0400

    What a great journaling prompt ... that's exactly what we all want to do ... "remember". Thanks for reminding us that it can be just that simple!

  3. Kristine V

    2012-09-06 15:28:41 -0400

    I love your style, Ali---thanks for sharing and for always providing such simple, brilliant inspiration.

  4. Kathy C.

    2012-09-06 17:23:25 -0400

    This post just makes me smile!!! ;) I want to remember to do this myself and continue cherishing ALL the moments of our kiddos as they just grow-up way too quick!

    Happy Thursday Ali! :)

  5. young c

    2012-09-06 18:31:59 -0400

    Great post and prompts to remember the first day of school. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Vada

    2012-09-06 21:41:52 -0400

    I just want to say, I love the "I want to Remember"
    I do not have small children anymore. But I do have 6 grandchildren that I cannot wait to do this when they all come to visit. Thank you for the inspiration.

  7. Brooke

    2012-09-06 23:12:30 -0400

    I love that this approach is a great way to remember those things that we don't have photos for. I've been taking less photos lately but there is always so many precious memories.

  8. ale

    2012-09-06 23:15:24 -0400

    sweet words, ali. love reading them.

  9. sara s.

    2012-09-07 01:23:26 -0400

    Thank you for helping me remember to pay attention to the great little things throughout my day.
    This Mom job is SO much work!

  10. patty

    2012-09-07 06:02:35 -0400

    spot on! (using something that "work")...thanks for the reminder!

  11. Teresa

    2012-09-07 07:26:07 -0400

    What a great way to "remember". Will be trying this. I am bad with journaling. I have it in my head but it doesn't seem to come out on paper the same way. And I can never remember what I think I will.

  12. Ann Marie

    2012-09-07 08:35:52 -0400

    I love this! At first I was kind of sad that I wasn't able to get the amount of photos I wanted on the first day of school due to the earlier (hence more rushed) schedule this year. But now I see that I don't need 25 first day of school photos of every little thing to tell our story. Thank you, once again, for your awesome inspiration! You rock Ali!

  13. Pam Abbott

    2012-09-07 10:48:11 -0400

    Love this. You are such an awesome mome with awesome kids!

  14. michele h.

    2012-09-07 13:31:08 -0400

    this post is beautiful. thanks for linking your "13 Everyday Life Journaling Prompts". i needed to read that again plus add it to my pinterest board:) so many wonderful tips!

  15. norine

    2012-09-07 16:01:30 -0400

    Oh, thanks for this (and the link to the other 13 prompts). I've been trying to write more about our everyday. This is perfect.

  16. Bec Kilgore

    2012-09-08 23:13:21 -0400

    Just precious.

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    2012-09-26 00:09:58 -0400

    beautiful! thank you - I am going to steal this. lovely, lovely blog!!

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