Monday stories

I started this blog because I wanted to capture stories. I wrote this on my About me page:

After walking a season through the tangles of Alzheimer’s with my mom, I decided that I needed to chase down my own stories.  This blog is a place to gather those stories.

When mom died, almost 5 years ago, I grieved the stories I didn’t get a chance to ask her to tell and promised myself to do a better job gathering some of dad’s stories. In December, dad was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His cognitive decline has been slow but it has taken a rough turn and story capturing is once again out of reach.

So, I am thinking a lot about stories as we turn the calendar pages. Over the weekend, I began to consider the stories behind the overwhelming number of pictures on my phone. I played with my pocket printer and dug out some blank journals. I asked for advice on Instagram. And then I jumped in and made a start. I printed 10 pictures, stuck them on pages, and began to write. I made an album on my phone and began moving pictures that tell a story to that album. And now I am hoping to let Monday’s be a time for sharing some of those stories.

I encourage you to take a,peek at your photo files and consider joining me as I return to chasing stories.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

11 thoughts on “Monday stories

  1. What a great thing to do, Juliann! One of my biggest sorrows about losing my mom (she had a stroke, so the dementia timeframe was very short) was that . . . I thought I would have more time for collecting her stories. (Don’t we always think we’ll have more time???) You may just inspire me to do something more “formal” about capturing those stories I DO have. XOXO

  2. This is such a great idea, Juliann! I often think about writing down some of the things my nana told me, but I have not. This might just be the thing to spur me to do that!

  3. I am sorry that you’ve gotten inspiration to do this from such sadness, but I think it’s a wonderful idea. Someday, many years from now, some member of your family is going to pull out your journal and be very thankful for what you’ve done.

  4. I have many notebooks that contain stories from my mom and my gram. I might even repeat myself! However, I hope that when the kids get ahold of the notebooks they will value the memories on paper.

  5. I too started my blog to capture my memories and stories about my parents, me, family, etc. My antennae are always up/out as things, etc remind me of a story, etc. Memories are what make our lives special. Thank you for sharing yours, inviting us to focus on our own and to take the time to get them “written down!” Sending you strength and prayers.

  6. Oh Juliann, I am so sorry you are navigating this road again with your dad, yet grateful you have the stories to tell … photos are a great place to start! I look forward to your inspiration for how to start. It’s time for all of us to do this!

  7. This is such a wonderful idea – thank you for sharing it! I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Alzheimers is a horrible disease. My brother in law was diagnosed with early onset about 6 years ago and we lost him over the summer – it’s devastating to watch and experience. I love your response to it – our stories and memories matter.

  8. I would love for you to read my stories! I posted today about three lovely interactions/connections I made over the weekend! Last tuesday I wrote about three people from my past who influenced me.
    LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color

  9. A great reminder to all of us that memory is fleeting. The written word helps to make it a little more permanent. Thanks for the post.

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