It’s life. I wish I could write it all down.

I read a couple people’s slices today that talked about how they love this challenge because it makes you write down memories that might otherwise be forgotten. It lets you look back on the years and see your littles grow up through your writing. Through your capturing of the little moments.

And it made me think. It’s life. I wish I could write it all down. I want to remember so much that will not be remembered. I tend to video a lot but I also want to be present, so then I put the camera down and just be in the moment with them. But then time goes by and I can’t remember how their faces looked a year ago. Or how they danced. Or what their voices sounded like. Or the way they hugged me. And I wish I had it all. I wish our memories worked like a computer where I could just pull up whatever memory I wanted and get to see it over and over.

There’s a Robin Williams movie called Bicentennial Man and there’s a scene when the main character gets married and afterwards, the dad asks the robot (Robin Williams) if he “got it all” and he says, he got every minute, and they sit and watch the father/daughter dance. And I have always thought, I wish it worked that way. I wish I had a way storing and recalling it all.

I also get this same feeling when watching The Notebook. When at the end (SPOILER ALERT!), you see the inside of the notebook and it says “The Story of Our Lives.” I love the idea that you could go back and read all of the memories made. All of the moments lived. And have always felt sad that I don’t have that.

But that’s what my writing can be. It can be the story of our lives, in pieces. In snippets. In slices. And it already has been. For 7 years, I have been recording different parts of my life. Some serious. Some silly. Some important. Some not so important. Some about me. A lot about the kids. But it’s all me and my life. And if I wanted to, I could go back and write about the past. So that after a while, the memories are here.

So in addition to just loving writing, I think this is what will keep me writing.

Thanks for another great year. Thank you for all of those who took their precious time to read my slices and comment. It always means the world to me to know someone read my writing. So thank you!! See you next year! (And maybe Tuesdays. I always say I’m going to try and then life gets in the way. But maybe!)

9 thoughts on “It’s life. I wish I could write it all down.

  1. I feel the same way Natalie. As I’m getting older I’m struggling to remember things that happened a year ago, let alone 10 years ago. I wish I could have recorded more of it in journal fashion, too. I love reading your slices and “seeing you” in this challenge each year. Good luck at the new job!

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  2. These snippets of life that we write down give us an overview of what happened if not a complete history. Who knows what memories reading a slice might bring back. Glad you took part in this challenge. I enjoyed reading your posts. Thank you for your comments on mine.

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  3. This is SO true! This was only my second year slicing, and now I’m retiring from teaching. So if I slice next year, it will be from such a different place. I hope I captured enough through this month.

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  4. I love the way your describe these posts as memories. And you are right. I take a day to re-read my past slices ear year the weekend before the challenge begins. It’s like a time machine and I absolutely love it. I can’t wait to keep (or get) caught up with you. I’m going to try for Tuesdays as well.

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  5. Natalie, I agree with everything you wrote! I wish my mind could hold it all in the current voices and tones! With my dad gone 3 years ago, I wish I had more videos of hearing him laugh and give me advice; with my boys and Tessie in their teenage years, I wish I could hear their little toddler voices and the way they would mispronounce so many words.

    I have enjoyed keeping in touch with you through your slices! I look forward to going through and reading y slices again next March and seeing what life was like for me 4, 3, 2, and 1 year ago.


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