Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September Memories--Ready For Your Book

Ice cream trucks didn't stand a chance in Kansas this summer

Today was another of those hot summer days--pushing 100! Same for tomorrow. We've had more than our share here in Kansas this summer. My estimate is at about 28 days of 100+ degrees and a whole lot more that were in mid to upper 90's. It all boils down to one hot summer! Add the scarcity of rain and it's a lethal combination.

But it's now September, so I know those miserably hot days are winding down. Before too long, we'll have cool nights and mornings and pleasantly warm afternoons. We'll all feel more energetic, ready to get into fall projects.

And that brings up a pet project subject--your memory books. It's time to spiral back to your childhood days and dredge up those September memories. Then write a few paragraphs or a few pages to add to your memory book. Below are some questions to help trigger those long-buried events of yesterday.

1.  What was the September weather like where you lived?
2.  Did your school begin the day after Labor Day? Earlier? Later?
3.  What kinds of things did you and your mom shop for in September?
4.  What did your mom make for dinner and dessert in September that you hadn't had all summer?
5.  What else, besides school, began anew in September? Sunday School? Scouts? 4-H?
6.  What kind of clothes did you wear to school in the early Fall?
7.  What outdoor activities occurred where you lived during September?

If you've been adding to your memory book each month, it should be getting pretty full by now, and think of the great months left in the year, each of which brings a holiday of some kind---Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's Eve.

If you haven't already started a memory book so that your children and grandchildren know what life was like back in the Dark Ages when you grew up, there's no time like the present to begin. Do a little every month and at the end of a year, you'll have an amazing collection.

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