I've been reading more of my childhood journal, and loving how childish I was. I wrote about my best friends and the sleepovers we had. I wrote about what I got for Christmas, and the first year I was given a training bra. I wrote about what we ate for dinner and what I wish mom would have made instead. I wrote about my mom having a baby and wishing she would have twins. I wrote about playing with my cousins and laughing when my cousin Allen put manure in a friend's koolaid, because she had thrown it in his hair.
I want my kids to have the same enjoyable time reminiscing as they flip through their journal more than twenty years later, and smile while reading the statement "I wonder how old I'll be when I come back and read through all of this. I'll bet I'm pretty old. I hope I have a boyfriend or something. That would be great."
Today I gave Kamy a challenge. I told her that I wanted her to write in her journal every day during the month of April. "What will I get if I do it?" she asked, as her eyes lit up. I hadn't even prepared to offer a reward, but suddenly, I knew exactly what to offer her. "I'll take you to get your ears pierced." For a girl who has always been told that she has to wait until she is 12 years old, she shouted with joy.
Georgie, who was listening to the entire conversation, let out a whimper. She so desperately wants to get her ears pierced, and talks about it constantly.
Kamy immediately made up a journal-writing calendar and hung it on the wall, as a reminder to write in her journal. She will cross off each day, after writing her thoughts and feelings. I'm excited for her.