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magical thinking

Children say the funniest things, yet all too often, I seem to forget them after a day or two.  I'll start telling my husband.. "C said the funniest thing..." and then I can't quite remember. Or I get it a little mixed up and it's not nearly as funny as I remember.

So I started writing down the funnier moments of the day. I keep a jar on my desk, and when the kids say something particularly worthy of recording, I grab a scrap of paper (phone bill, envelope, chopstick holder.. whatever is lying around) and I quickly jot it down. I read about Joan Didion doing something similar when her daughter was a young girl in The Year of Magical Thinking.

The jar is filling up quickly, and when I'm having a below average day, I reach in and pull out a quote.. and suddenly I'm laughing and running to hug my little comedians.

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just came across your blog via design mom, and wanted to let you know how much i love this idea. i am terrible at remembering the things my kids say, and this idea seems to be a practical one to help me get better at that. so, thanks :)

09.9.2008 | Unregistered Commentermegan

Liam isn't really old enough to start having super funny comments yet, I'll definitely need a little journal for the funnier ones. I started a journal of all the things I never imagined I would say as a mom. Ex: don't lick my feet, that's gross. Really, did I have to tell him that? I like your jar idea. Such a fun pick me up when you need it!

09.9.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

I came across your blog through design mom also. I love this idea!

09.9.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Your blog is beautiful. Lena Corwin wrote about it and I love it already.

09.9.2008 | Unregistered Commenterella

i think i'll start this now and write down funny things that ray says until we have kids!

09.9.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen

What I lovely idea - I always say I am going to start a journal for those things, but the jar idea is sweeter.

09.10.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjenna

Absolutely adorable idea....just posted on Kirtsy.com. I love your blog! :)

09.10.2008 | Unregistered Commentermary

I came here via Design Mom. I love the concept of your blog! This jar is really a neat idea!

09.10.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

Adorable idea. Got here from Kirtsy (here) where it's currently the top story. Passing it along on twitter, too (@gwenbell). Love seeing precious acts of kindness like this shared and archived for future generations. <3

09.10.2008 | Unregistered CommenterGwen Bell

love it - so sweet & clever!

09.10.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoy

great idea!

09.10.2008 | Unregistered Commenter...loveMaegan

What a great idea! My sister keeps a journal, but I really love the jar idea and I think I'd actually do it this way. So cute! My little one isn't quite old enough yet, but I know it won't be long, and I don't want to miss a thing!

09.10.2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Loves

very magical. i love your son's quotes...

09.10.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

I am doing this! Thanks for the idea...I love your blog and will be back!

09.10.2008 | Unregistered Commentermrs. french

So sweet! Love this idea.

09.10.2008 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

ah B. why are you so cool? i want to do this!!!

love that you just launched your blog and you already have gobs of readers. typical overachiever!!!

09.10.2008 | Unregistered Commentersara

Found you via Design Mom...now you're an instant hit :)

I love this idea. I read somewhere a lovely little story about a father who wrote down something precious or humorous about each of his children EVERY day. Amazing. When his children grew to adults he presented them with this cherished book. I've tried to write things down but as you stated above, you forget unless you write them down that moment.

Beautiful photograph too!

09.10.2008 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

What a great idea, i like that it's done in an organized way...loose paper drives me nuts! Thanks!

09.10.2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Merry Mishap


09.10.2008 | Unregistered Commentermer

Just found your blog via Black Eiffel. So beautiful! I'll be back!

09.11.2008 | Unregistered CommenterEllie

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