Journal Prompt: What was your favorite childhood toy?
I had many special treasures growing up, including my huge stuffed animal collection. I think my favorites would have to be my Breyer Horse Collection. I remember saving up all my money for months to be able to get just one. I remember for a few years that is all I would say that I wanted for Birthdays/Christmas/Special Occasions. My parents indulged me probably a little too much and I think I ended up with about 20.
These horses were very well loved. They didn’t just sit on my dresser (well, I guess they did when I wasn’t playing with them), but they spent a lot of time on my bedroom floor being played with. I remember always organizing and reorganizing where I put the horses in my room. They all had names and families and adventures. I spent hours coming up with stories for my herd. I made them blankets out of scraps of fabric. I made stables out of boxes. At one point, I even wrote down their adventures in a notebook in story form (I wanted to be an author back then).
Each Tuesday, I am going to be offering prompts or ideas. If you don’t write in your journal regularly – I am going to encourage you to write just ONCE A WEEK and answer the question/idea that I give on Tuesdays. These ideas hopefully will spark a memory and you will be able to capture that in what you write/record so that it can be left for your children/grandchildren/family/friends. Give as much detail as you can when answering.
Will you do this for me? Will you do this for your families? You can write it down in a journal, you can type it up on a computer or journaling software, you can take a recorder and talk, you can videotape your answers, you can even scrap a page with the journaling. It doesn’t matter how you do this – it’s just important that you do it. The memories, the dates, the information is the only real thing we can leave to our families when we are gone.