This picture, from April 1977, is one of my favorite pictures of my Mom. I don’t know much about the background of this photo. I don’t know where she was. I don’t know what she was doing at this beautiful beach. I don’t know who the other person in the picture is. I don’t know what she was thinking about at the moment this photo was taken. I don’t know…and I will probably never know any of those things. Today is the three year anniversary since my Mom died very suddenly on a Wednesday morning.
I miss my Mom every day. I miss her love and support. I miss how she was a wonderful grandmother to Reya. I feel really sad that she never got to meet Lola. But one of the things I miss most of all is not learning more about who she was before she had kids. I miss not learning more about pictures like this one.
I want my daughters to know who I was as their Mother but also who I was as a child, as a teenager, as a young woman. My Mom’s sudden passing is one of the BIG reasons that I started scrapbooking. I had dabbled in scrapbooking before but after losing my Mom I knew that I had to start documenting the stories and pictures of me and my family.
So today and throughout the month, in loving memory of my Mom, on this three year anniversary I’m participating in 34 Things with Jennifer Wilson at Simple Scrapper. Over the next three weeks I’ll be sharing 34 Things I want my daughters to know about me. Some may be just little things I remember, some may be experiences I’ve had, and some may be feelings I’ve felt over these past 30 years. The point is, that everything on this list is documented and is the start of a long list of stories about myself I can share with my daughters.
Here are my first few entries:
1. I was born in San Luis Obispo, CA in 1982. My Mom and Dad went to Cal Poly SLO and I think they enjoyed the small college town feel of San Luis Obispo. My Grandpa Mago always told me that whenever they visited I always said “I want to go Downtown”, with extra emphasis on the “own”. We lived there until I was almost three then moved back to Southern California to be closer to our family.
2. My Grandma Kika picked me up from school and “babysat” me, my brother and my cousins after school from age 5 to age 11 when I moved on to junior high. She always made us a yummy snack like a hot tortilla with butter or a potted meat sandwich on white bread. (Though the second snack sounds really gross now, we all loved it at the time)
3. I really liked writing when I was younger and was pretty good at it. I even won the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) essay contest in sixth grade and had some writing projects displayed at local school district events. (Writing this blog has definitely renewed my love of writing)
4. My favorite show as a teenager was ER. (Who remembers Dr. Ross?) I never got into Felicity or Dawson’s Creek which were the big shows at the time. I still love legal and medical procedural dramas like Law and Order. (Note to self: How did this not translate to a legal or medical career? Haha)
At the end of this month, I’ll be participating in Before Your Story at Big Picture Classes. Here’s a brief description from the website “In this 6-week workshop with Jennifer Wilson of simplescrapper.com, you’ll have all the guidance you need to tell your growing-up story in one gorgeous 12″ x 12″ pocket album. Her class combines the ease of slipping photos and journaling cards into photo sleeves with the brilliance of Stacy Julian’s “Library of Memories” scrapbooking categories.”
As soon as I saw this class I knew this was just what I needed to get my own growing-up pictures AND stories into an album. If completing a scrapbook about yourself is a goal you have, I think this class may be a great choice. To learn more head over here and definitely check out the video. Even more exciting, Jennifer is doing a giveaway! For those participating in 34 Things, you have a chance to win a seat in Before Your Story. Go here to learn more.
Thanks for starting this short story-telling journey with me. Come back next Sunday to see more of the 34 Things I want my daughters to know about me. What do you want your children or loved ones to know about you as a youth? Let me know in the comments.