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.