Our Memory Jar

DeReita

Our Memory Jar

DeReita
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Made this "Memory Jar" for Momma a long while ago, at the beginning of her Alzheimer's. I used a crystal candy dish and tied a pretty ribbon around the top. Inside the jar are little slips of paper, each holding a snippet of a memory from my life with Momma. I shared my most powerful memories so that they might grow with time, rather than fade. I used white slips of paper but I think pastel colored slips would look even prettier.

She loved reaching her hand in the jar, pulling out a little piece of paper and reading the memory to me. Memories like..."Our aluminum Christmas tree and the color changing wheel" or "Me getting my head stuck in that little black rocking chair" or "Getting my ears pierced by you with a needle and an ice cube." We could make a day of remembering and retelling the stories. I never would have imagined all the trips down memory lane we could take with that simple jar. It was jam-packed full of our nostalgic times together!

I must have filled that jar up with about 200 memories! And I continue to add to the jar to this day. I know I made the memory jar for Momma but it feels like I get as much joy from it as she did. It's the gift that just keeps giving!

I would encourage you to make your own "Memory Jar". Momma's gone now but that jar full of memories brings me laughter and some tears as I reread and relive the memories. Not only those memories but also the new memories of Momma and me and our Memory Jar!