j is for journals…done!

journals :: done!

it gets a little crazy in the second week of may.  this year i printed off 897 photos.  then there is the sorting and the gluing and the stapling to assemble the finished product (this year, in an effort to save money we didn’t buy the composition notebooks like in the past). thanks to ms vicki, we had a heavy duty stapler to go through all the papers of a year!  and then a little duct tape to hide those super staples.

then during the last week of school there was this message where our name tags usually are.  hmmmmm. then at circle time there was the ritual of cutting apart our picture card.  there are audible gasps as i make the first cut into our school family cards.  but, the year is over and we’ll use the pictures in our journals.

journals :: done!

journals :: done!

what a strange day:  no glue allowed?  band aids on paper?  what?  we had quite a few extra individual photos left over so some preschoolers created “yearbook” type pages with photos of friends.  or, as one child said, “i’m putting this girl’s picture in here because i don’t know her but i wish i did.”

journals :: done!journals :: done!journals :: done!journals :: done!journals :: done!

the “oh, i remember that!” and “i did that?” and “oh yeah!” bring me joy.

journals :: done!

and then this is it.  one year bound together.  each page touched by at least one teacher.  a tangible prayer for joy and safety and calm and freedom and dignity and hope.

journals :: done!

sweet children, as you file through paper memories, may this be your truth:

it already seems like a lifetime ago!