One afternoon, when my son, Brian, was not quite 2 years old, I found myself thinking that he was being just a little too quiet – and that generally meant trouble. I tip-toed down the hall to see what he was up to, hoping he would not hear me coming. Through a crack in the open bathroom door, I saw him very contentedly sitting on the bathroom counter, one foot propped up on the edge of the sink, the other foot dangling in the sink itself. In his left hand, he clutched a tube of my lipstick. The index finger on his right hand was covered in lipstick, which was also smeared all over his face, his legs, and his tummy. I quietly backed away, ran for my camera, and returned to capture this photo. I love the look of total surprise on his face! To this day, 32 years later, this photo always brings a smile to my face, as it reminds me of Brian’s curious nature.
There were many times throughout Brian’s childhood when I was lucky enough to have a camera close by to capture a moment of hilarity. But there were also many times when I wasn’t quick enough to find the camera or couldn’t stop laughing enough to capture a decent photo.
Here’s one, for example: My Dad was building a room addition for us, so there were tools all over the place. I needed to run to the grocery store very quickly, and he said he would keep an eye on Brian for me while I was gone. This is what I came home to find. Brian sitting right in the middle of a paint tray, happily eating Cheerios out of a baggie. I was laughing so much, I couldn’t keep the camera still, and this blurry photo is all I have to capture that event!
I would imagine there are many moments in all of our lives that we would like to remember, but moments which may not be recorded by a photograph. They may be moments that just happened too quickly for us to photograph. Perhaps treasured family photos were destroyed in a natural disaster, or lost when a hard drive crashed!
So what do you do in situations like this? I like to grab a scrapbook page and simply tell the story. The page can contain elements that go along with your story, or it can be a simple journaling page. No photo necessary! Just get that memory recorded!
For example, one morning my little dog was attacked by a coyote. Grabbing my camera was the last thing on my mind, but I did want to remember what happened. So I recorded the events of that morning. I loved the lined notebook paper in Busted and thought it would work perfectly as simple journal page. I embellished it just a little, and love the way it allows me to share a story, even without a photograph.
Busted is a kit designed to help you scrap those “uh-oh” and “I didn’t do it” moments. So whether you have a photograph… or not… you can still capture your special memories, either with the cluster or journal page that I have for you today!
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