Hamilton is all the rage at my house since it came out on Disney+. The song that always hits me the most is at the end with these words “Who tells your Story?” Everyone has a story that is all their own. But not everyone tells that story. Do you tell stories on your pages? Do you want to tell stories, but struggle with how to start and what to say?
When I create a memory page, it’s because I want to document the moment I captured. The main reason I took these photos was to show how excited my previous reluctant reader is today. This particular moment had 3 details that I wanted to include. The first was the book title because it’s relevant to his interests. The book is based on video game characters which is also more unique to this time period. The second is the direction the book is read. It’s set up similar to Manga with a back page to front page, right page to left page format. This drives me batty, but the lefties in my house enjoy this setup. The third detail is the location. He was so excited to start the book, that he sat down on the bench at the library to read. A year or so ago, getting him to read without prompting was almost impossible. These three little details represent a change in his attitude and his current joy in reading.
Book Title: I used this as the page title and in the journaling “Matthew was so excited to find a Splatoon book!”. Book Setup: “It’s in the right to left style which my little lefty loves.” Location: “He couldn’t wait to go home and started reading it right away on the bench.”
Once I knew the important details, it was easy to add the story by turning those details into sentences. If this is a struggle, it might be easier to imagine telling someone about the photos. What details are important that might not be obvious from the photos? What details would you share about the photos to someone else? What details do you want to remember later on?
My final journaling is this: We headed to the library to get the Winter Reading Bookmark. Matthew was so excited to find a Splatoon book! He couldn’t wait to go home and started reading it right away on the bench. It’s in the right to left style which my little lefty loves.
Do you like to tell stories? Is there something you struggle with in journaling?