I started a journal for my toddler again, this time in the form of an e-mail account. It was inspired by a Google ad I saw sometime ago. In essence it’s email journaling — e-mailing your child today so he can read your letters to him in the future when he’s grown up.
Dear Timmy, Let me tell you a little bit about myself… I’m small, about 5 feet tall. My hair falls down to my shoulders. I think my upper body strength has improved over the past 3-4 years from carrying you.
Dear Timmy, You are in my arms as I send this letter. You’ve been sick for 2 days now. Still feverish. Be strong, baby bear. I love you.
Dear Timmy, You just had your first plane ride! When the plane landed, Daddy suggested having your picture taken with the pilots. We did just that! They were very friendly. See the pic attached.
I tried the handwritten journal approach, but always end up with a half-filled notebook or worse, misplacing it. Since I’m online most of the time anyway, digital seemed the best way to go. I’ve shared the e-mail with close friends and family too so they can write to Timmy. I own the account now but will turn it over to him when he’s much, much older.
Childhood flies by so fast, and there isn’t enough time to tell him all the stories I have. Nothing tops storytelling face to face, but it’s also helpful to have a quick and easy way to preserve memories and pass on stories. Email journaling has been cathartic for me too. I hope Timmy enjoys reading letters from family! They may be dated but the stories they tell are priceless, timeless.