What's Under Your Bed?
When I was a SAHM to two toddlers I attended a FHPE Meeting where LDS author Louise Plummer was the guest speaker. She challenged each of us to write more often in our journals, and not just write the ‘typical’ types of entries, but to make interesting lists.
Louise suggested that we empty out our purses and record each and every thing we found inside. Or that we clean under our bed and do the same. Though she admitted that such lists can be embarrassing (who really wants to record the miscellany found under their bed for posterity?), she assured us that these lists would be of great value someday. More than anything, lists like these give a window into the past. For example, wouldn’t you be curious what your grandmother carried in her handbag? Or wouldn’t it be amusing to read a list of what your mother found in the back of her closet when she was your age?
So, true to Louise’s challenge, I went home and started making lists. My list of what I found under the couch on April 22, 1998 probably means very little to any of you, but when I read it this morning it brought back a flood of memories—much more more evocative of a particular time and place than my typically whiny journal entries. So today my challenge to you is: dive under a piece of furniture or dump out your purse and make a list. You can share it here or you can write it in your journal (or on your personal blog). And someday, ten years or more later, you’ll be glad that you did!
April 22, 1998: On my living room floor and under my couch…
2 pillows, 2 empty pillowcases, A folded thermal blanket, Half-full bucket of toys, “D.W.” doll, Yesterday’s junk mail, Yesterday’s newspaper, Primary Secretary notebook, Boy’s dirty sweatpants, Periscope, 2 empty old purses for dress-up, An empty plastic watering can, Haldor Laxness’ Paradise Reclaimed [Note: a MoLit classic!], Yellow cloth bag full of train toys, Library receipt, Daughter’s shoes, My shoes, Philoctetes toy (from Hercules movie), One inside-out sock, Son’s bike helmet, Pocahontas book, Plastic frog, Mickey Mouse umbrella, Blue gingham gift bag.