“A characteristic of a normal child is that she doesn’t act that way very often.”
I have come to realize that the things I encourage my children to do for their children are the things I should have done but didn’t and wish that I had. Every time a child says something funny or startling . . . everyone within earshot says “write it down”. If I had known that I would wish I had . . . written things down . . . maybe I would have tried harder. So, when I hear my grandchildren say cute or surprising things . . . or their parents call to tell me something funny their child said . . . my first response is “write it down.”
The problem is time. And a notebook and a pen. If you don’t have a system it won’t happen. Anyway, when parents are young they remember everything. They think that they always will. Well, they won’t. So, how about a little book. A book that can live in a very convenient place in the kitchen and can house all of those cute sayings through the years? I could have done this without a cute book. I wish, I wish I had.
The dollar bins at Target are right when you walk inside of the store. One day I found these wonderful Stamp Its books for $1.00. I bought three. Then I proceeded to make a “Afton Said What?” book for my daughter. Afton is little but is already saying hilarious things. A few years ago I made them for other little grandchildren but didn’t take pictures of them if you can believe that !
I am not one to put together tutorials so my ideas in photographs will have to do. I cut and traced and stamped and laminated and punched and trimmed. I added stickers and some twine. Each page is stamped with Blah, Blah, Blah . . . Since little hands won’t be playing with the book . . . I hope, I didn’t have to worry quite so much about the surfaces.
Here you go Afton’s mommy. Do better than I did. Write things down. I wish I could remember the whole thing Uncle Dan said when he was small . . . it was something about kicking something from Salina all the way to China but I can’t remember the rest . . . See. Wouldn’t it be fun to know?
“You can learn a lot of things from children . . . like how much patience you have.”