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Journal to Lucy, January 24

January 24, 2012
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Lucy playing with her Lalaloopsy dolls next to me.

The journal pictured above is for Lucy and begins on April 8, 2009.  This is her second journal.  The first one, which began when she was in-utero, is filled and sitting in a safe in the basement.

I write in Oliver and Lucy’s journals about once a month, sometimes more, sometimes less.  I often write in snapshots, framing a moment in time.  Today I had five minutes to sit down on my red couch, feet up, and write to Lucy while she played with her Lalaloopsy dolls on the floor next to me.

“Tuesday, January 24, 2012
home after going to
Ridgedale Library
after dropping Oliver off at school…

Yesterday, while swinging on the tire swing out back, before we made snow angels along the path out back, one after the other; before we found animal tracks that led to trees and then disappeared; before we walked to Wirth Chalet for some water and a snack of popcorn, you said:
“We are like toys to God.”
*
Saturday night, when Oliver and Dad had “guys night out,” you and I had girls night out.  We went to the Children’s Theater to see a play.  That day, we went to Target, the Gap, Macy’s, and Marshalls in search for the perfect dress to wear on our big date.  For you, we found a gray and black dress with an animal print, a long black sweater, and black boots–so adorable.  I dressed in a black dress that I got from Ragstock and my Frye boots.  Together we ran down the sidewalk along the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, late for Harold and the Purple Crayon.  Magical.
Afterward, we went out for dessert to Gigi’s Cafe, at a candlelit table.  You said, over and over, “Mom,
this is the life.”
Yes, yes it is.” 

When I show the kids’ journals to friends or family, they say, “Oh, I wish I would have done that.”  I always tell them, “You still can.”

You can begin now, with a scrap of paper, with a thought, with a moment. 

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