When Bee was a baby, I’d sit down during her naps and write long-winded letters to her: personality peeks, successful milestones, my own parenting fears/doubts/triumphs. It was a beautiful practice, and I always imagined bundling them up to offer her on the day she’d perhaps decide to become a parent, too. (Some are here, if you’d like to read!)
But as she grew older, the system didn’t work. There were so many memories I wanted to keep private – sacred – and I started writing blog posts I’d never publish, then later lose track of. So instead, I got into the habit of sending two-second emails to myself when she’d say something funny or sweet that I’d want to remember.
Eventually, those mini emails piled up in my own inbox and as I began to sort them into folders, I thought: Why not just email them to her directly?
I set up a Gmail account for her and – boom – a virtual time capsule was born. Just yesterday, I scrolled through a few favorites and found this one from last November:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Erin Loechner <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 5:32 PM
You: Hey mom, I think I feel a little sick.Me: Like how?You: Like a dinosaur.…and then you threw up. ;)———- End message ———-
So far, it’s been a way easier system to maintain than scrapbooks, blog posts, or even Instagrams. It takes two seconds to shoot off a funny memory to her, and everything’s in one private place (Which is handy, because my gut tells me that email will stick around – in some form or another – far longer than the various social media accounts I’m often reliant on to document these days).
Tell me, how do you keep track of the things your kids do/say that make you smile? Would you ever set up an email address for a toddler? It’s bizarrely worked so well with us!