If you read my other blog "Generational" you will have noticed that I have been taking a trip down memory lane while putting a scrapbook together for my older daughter. It has been a blast as I try and figure out how old she was in some of the pictures. And some of the pictures trigger memories of vacations and other events. Like the year we forgot to put their luggage in the car for our first trip down to King's Island. Fortunately, they were probably only 4 and 6, and it was high summer, so all we needed were sun suits and underwear and a laundromat. It's not like we were space cadets and couldn't remember to pack clothes for them. It was that they kept adding and removing items from their packed suitcases and I locked them in their closet - the suitcases, not the kids! Halfway to where we were going to stay, our youngest piped up with "I hope you didn't forget to bring our suitcases!" The next stop was Sidney, Ohio and we quickly stopped the car and did a fast check of the trunk. Um. No suitcases for the kids. Our youngest got the most use out of that summer clothing as she not only wore hers, but got hand-me-downs from her older sister!
I can't tell you how important it is to write these stories down. Someday, a grandchild or a nephew or niece might look at that scrapbook and ask to hear the story. Hopefully, I've left enough "clues" behind so that the kids can laugh like we did about the year we forgot the suitcases.
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