jams and jellys? check
sewing notions? check
drinks? double check
cookie mix? salad? burp cloths? check, check, check
candles, and of course, matches. check
(there's more. oh, so much more. i even have a pinterest board all about them (if we are being honest here, i did create this board to sort of, um, poke fun at how many pins involve mason jars. even pinterest can get a little cheeky late at night...)
it was probably during a late night pinterest browsing session that i came across the "memory jar" idea. i had a jar, i had some ribbon, it was ridiculously easy to throw together. and over the past year, we filled up that jar with brightly colored post it notes of scribbled memories.
there are memories like Mud Race! and Paddle Boats! and jack's first late showing of a movie (Ironman 3, for the record)! we fine tuned the art of making baguette pizzas. he went to his first middle school co-ed parties (2 halloween parties in one night!)
we PR'd a Color Me Rad 5K together, and he lifted my spirits and my steps at mile 20 of the Richmond Marathon.
and then, there are the things that didn't make it into the jar, memories that don't fit so nicely onto brightly colored post it notes.
we didn't record how mat spent most of the first three months of the year having, and recovering from, surgery. we didn't record the day he moved out. we didn't record the day that jack was punched in the face by a boy in the locker room at school.
but those things did happen. they are memories of 2013, just as much as the fun things. i am verklempt as i look at this jar and think about retrieving all the post it notes and making way for 2014. i'm anxious about what comes next, but i am confident that at the end of the year, we will be laughing and smiling as we huddle over our newly penned memories.
we gave a jar to each of my sisters and my parents this year. i'd love to give you a jar, to sit with you in december and unfold each piece of paper, reliving the memories you've captured. and then, if you want, we can talk about the ones that didn't make it into the jar. we'll find a place for those, as well.