This is it. The last month of the year. The last "Pick Your Precious" story. Thank you, Sian, for hosting this year-long event that has prompted so many lovely, important stories. Here, in Sian's words, is the motivation for this meme: Pick Your Precious is for short story tellers and for long. You can take the idea of simply a photo with a few words; or, if you are a can't-stop-yourself storyteller, you can expand as much as you like. The thing to keep in mind is that at the end of the year you'll have a permanent record of the little things you hold dear - and your family will know why you are holding onto them!
As I read the heartfelt stories this year, it became apparent that no matter what the chosen object, it is the memories associated with it that are truly precious.
When I think about what would matter most to me if I had to leave my home in a hurry with little in hand, I always think I’d try to grab some of my scrapbooks.
Although I started scrapping late in life, they are filled with family stories, old and new; trips far and near; friends; and birthdays and celebrations. As I looked through these scrapbooks, I found pages from vacations, pages about events the year the scrapbook was created, and pages from many years prior. The Kiawah album holds pages from vacations taken there over a 12 year period! I don't think we'd forget those vacations, but the photos and journaling certainly bring back much more vivid memories than I might have otherwise.
It makes me realize, too, that there are still stories that need to be told. So, for my last "Pick Your Precious", I choose my scrapbooks, filled with love, laughter, and some tears as well. The stuff of life.
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