It's About TimeWritten by Teresa Clark
Holding on to a favored tradition just because “it’s what we always do” can actually lead to a whole lot of stress if you’re not careful.
My husband and I are in the middle of swirling family change. With two new marriages and several family members engaged in career searches, and grandchildren growing like wildflowers, and all that goes on behind such things, our family is in a delightful state of flux. We have no idea where the end of next year will find our various family members or even if we will have been successful in coming together for our annual camping tradition. So, it’s time to adapt. While traditions exist to build and strengthen family bonds, sometimes you have to mix it up. Holding on to a favored tradition just because “it’s what we always do” can actually lead to a whole lot of stress if you’re not careful. The New Year finds us facing such a time. While we thoroughly intend to try to maintain our tradition, we recognize that we have to seize the opportunity at hand rather then bet on the maybe of the future. Our last child is getting married at the turn of the New Year, so we are guaranteed we will all be together. It’s about time for a new tradition! With so many unknowns we’ve decided to create a Family Time Capsule.
We’ll keep the process simple. We’ll provide a mountain of attractive scrapbook paper scraps, scissors, glue sticks, etc. and an empty oatmeal container. We’ll have the grandkids decorate it. Then we’ll fill it (see below), label it, and seal it. We’ll stash it away for FIVE years. Then we’ll plan an event to open it where we can hopefully all be together. But if not, we’ll still have all of us in mind, because of what we will find in the time capsule.
Here’s what we’re asking everyone to bring:
- A favorite family snap shot
- a small item that reminds you of our family
- a list of five things you are most grateful for
- a favorite school assignment
Here’s what we’ll do while were together:
- Answer selected questions from the following Story Starters: Top Ten, All About Me, My Favorites
- Answer selected questions from Family and Child Chat Cards
- Respond to this: Describe where you will be and what your life will be like in five years.
We’ll put all the answers on 3x5 cards. Then we’ll take a picture of all of us together and seal it all up in our Family Time Capsule.
It should be a great time had by all!
Where you will be and what your life will be like in five years? What new tradition will your family start this year? For ideas, check out our Tradition Journal Story Starter.
A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.
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