Wednesday, January 26, 2011

5 year diary






do you keep a diary or journal?  from the stack above two are from the early years of my marriage and parenting.  the green 5 year diary is from childhood.  honestly, there are some sad times recorded here.  i mean, i don't tend to write when i'm happy and satisfied but when i need to make some sense out of this crazy thing.  

self-centered, flawed, human...

then i look at the old 5 year diary.  was i a kid?  was i that kid?  thinking on your self as being a kid, like maybe your own children, makes you feel forgiveness and compassion.  for yourself then and for yourself now.  really, for just the funny predicament and gift of being born human and given a life.

ps- clint lives in the town i grew up in which is the self-same as the town i live in now.  he's married to sarah, who i also grew up with.  she owns the iconic old pharmacy in the center of town now.  clint's a high school teacher in the next town over.

8 comments:

Chiot's Run said...

No journals or anything but my blog, a journal of sorts I guess.

I prefer to record my days with photos. I often scroll through my old photos that are wonderful visual references of my life and what I was doing at certain times.

Cute little journal, love the handwriting!

bridgmanpottery said...

I came across my old journals from high school and college recently. They were painful to read- so much so that I didn't want anyone else to read them. I ripped them out and recycled the pages. The sketchbooks, on the other hand, I'll probably keep forever.

imogenlovely said...

I like how you said that thinking of yourself as a kid- perhaps your own kid- helps you to feel compassion. I've made the same discovery about myself and it's helped me to heal after an intense amount of perfectionism.

Thank you so much for sharing your photos and thoughts.

jessicajane said...

I do have a few journals, and a lot of old letters from friends. I was definitely put through more than the average child should have. I haven't written on a constant basis for years now. I think blogging and photographing took over that. I did start an art journal though.

Lora said...

my husband's name is clint, and he's a high school teacher, too. small world, huh? :)

broadcast poulet said...

i always find it so funny to look back at my journals from being a kid - i used to go back and erase things because they were embarrassing. ha!

tara said...

when i found out i was pregnant with my first son, i had this spontaneous moment where i threw all of my old journals into the trash. like i wasn't that person anymore, now i was a mother. i can't believe i did it. i can't believe i'm telling people i did it here. but i did. and man, do i regret it.

jessica said...

just fell into your blog for a bit. it's nice to sit with you...