Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Ours was nice and relaxing. I decided to change it up this year by not cooking, and going to brunch instead. This was the first time in six years that I have not cooked for a holiday, and it was awesome. It was so nice to sit and spend time with my family and friends, instead of running around all day cooking and cleaning up. I could get used to that real quick, and see more holiday brunches down the road.
Fill Your Journal-Childhood Memories
About six months ago, Emily started to become very curious about my childhood. Her questions were usually sparked by an activity that we were involved with. She was looking for similarities, and differences, between my childhood experiences and hers. Being the curious child she is, simple answers were not satisfying her. She wanted details, really specific details. For instance, we recently gave her bedroom a complete make-over, and during the process her questions were never-ending. She wanted to know all about my bedroom when I was little. Such as the color my room, what my bed spread looked like, what kind of posters I had, if I hung a Keep Out Sign on my door, did I share my room with my sister, what my furniture looked like, were just a few of the questions. While Emily was testing my memory, she was also inspiring me. It had been a while since I Journaled about childhood memories, and her questions prompted me to begin again. I recalled how much fun it was, and how it helped me to remember details about a memory, something my five-year old was requiring.
As I began getting back to Journaling about my childhood memories, I flipped through my Journal searching for some old entries about my childhood experiences. I realized that I had missed something very important. My Journal was lacking all the wonderful childhood memories that I had with my sister. The most important person in my life. There were a lot of entries about our adulthood, her illness, and her passing. I was very detailed about the pain I felt, and all the uncertainty of how I would move on without her. I wrote about how much I missed her. I wrote of my concerns for her daughter, and how growing up without her mother would affect her. I recalled our long conversations, the holidays we spent together, the birth of our children, the long drives we would take to nowhere, and how I felt being an only child now that she was gone.
While all of that is very important, Journaling about my childhood memories with her is just as important. It’s another piece of the puzzle to my healing process. Over the past few months, I have added daily Journaling entries about my childhood memories with my sister. It has helped me to appreciate the time with her. Instead of recalling a memory, and crying because I miss her so much, I have started to smile. I am grateful for those memories, and have started to share them with my family and friends.
Below are just a few Journaling Prompts, to help you get started Journaling about your childhood memories. As you begin the process, do not become frustrated if you can’t recall every detail. It can take time, and the more you write, the more you will start to remember. Be patient with yourself, and have fun.
Journaling Prompts- Childhood Memories
1. What is your favorite childhood memory? Who were you with? Where were you? Can you recall any colors, scents, sounds?
2. Who did you look up to as a child? What characteristics did the person have? How did they impact your life?
3. As a child, what was your dream job? What was it about the occupation that interested you?
4. What was your favorite cartoon show as a child? Did you have a favorite character? What was the primary message of the cartoon?
5. Where did you grow up? Was it a quiet or busy area? What did your house look like? Your room? Your yard? How far was the nearest town, or shopping center from your home? How would you get there?
6. Did you have any pets when you were a child? What where their names? What kind? How did they play a role in your life?
7. Who was the person you were closest to as a child? Was it a parent? Grandparent? Sibling? Aunt? Uncle? Friend? What made your relationship so special? Why did you feel so close to them? What did you admire about the person?
8. Where did you go to school? Was it private or public? What were your favorite subjects? Who was the most influential teacher you had? Did you belong to any school clubs or take part in a school sport?
9. What was your favorite genre of music when you were a child? How did it make you feel? Was it mellow or more upbeat?
10. What were some of your favorite hobbies, interest, and activities as a child?
Journaling about fond childhood memories is beneficial in many ways. In addition to helping jog your memory, it provides a balance between the crummy stuff we may have had to deal with as children. It can also help you rediscover old hobbies, and interest. For example, maybe you enjoyed riding a bike as a child, but it is something you stopped doing as you got older. Wouldn’t it be worth entertaining the idea of riding that bike again? After all, if you enjoyed it once, chances are you will again.
Have fun filling your Journal with childhood memories!