The photo above is the beginnings of a mini book that I started last September. My intention was to create a book about the things I remembered about my paternal grandparents while growing up near them. Things like: making apple pies with Grandma, watching Grandpop in his carpentry shed, drinking hot milk and honey before bedtime, Grandma scratching my back while watching TV, Grandpop knitting his own vests, Orange Juice Concentrate that was always in the fridge, the big soft spare bed that I'd sleep in when I stayed over, playing them tunes on the organ... and many more.
But the book is still empty. I have wanted this book to be so complete, that my fear was I would forget to include an important memory. (That just sounds so contradictory, right? If I didn't remember it to include it, then how could I wish to remember it!?) Yes well, this is the art of thinking too much, trying to make every book matter and perhaps putting a little too much pressure on the whole exercise. Anyone else do the same?
My Grandpop died in Nov 2006, my Grandma is still around, and I'm sure she would love for me to read her the book when I have completed it. (Her sight isn't the best anymore.) So that is incentive enough to stop *thinking* about the book, and start doing. So today I've started to write down the memories, and will give myself a couple of days to add to the list. Then I'll start putting the book together. Whatever I have remembered by then will go in the book.
By the way - the book is created from 2 of the 6x6 Making Memories mini book inserts. They're quite an old product, and I stocked up on them before they were discontinued. Unfortunately I have more inserts than I do covers, so for this one I created my own cover by stitching the cream cardstock onto the cover and binding the two inserts together with 7gypsies gaffer tape and Making Memories book binding tape. The paper is from Scenic Route, and the Remember sticker is from 7gypsies. The pebbles are from my backyard ;)
So today, take some time out to remember some things about your grandparents. If you like, share a couple of things here that you remember...