It was the soft rufﬂe of feathers that ﬁrst drew my attention. I'd been relaxing on the decking above the pool, half-dozing in the warm sun. I looked down and saw the magpie standing on the wide top step of the pool. He glanced brieﬂy in my direction but then totally disregarded me, as though of little consequence.
Then he bent and splashed his head and shoulders (does a magpie have shoulders?) beneath the surface of the water and shook the water droplets far down the length of his smooth, black feathers. He minced along the step of the pool and I could almost imagine that he was kicking the ripples of water in enjoyment, as kids do. Three times he dipped under the water and shook himself. Then he sailed over to the towel someone had slung carelessly across a beach lounge. Before its owner had even noticed his presence, he wiped his beak and head abruptly against the towel and was gone.
It was a small moment- a funny, little moment that brightened my day. I enjoyed watching the magpie's antics and my grandkids loved to hear about it when I recounted the story to them later that day. But how do you build on these special moments, or on other fun, family activities?
Have you considered a Memory Jar?
Yes.. you can take a photo. But what about a Memory Jar, something that can stand as a daily visual reminder? It's not hard to make and you can replace the contents whenever you please. You can find simple directions below.
So... how do you create a memory jar?
It's one of those small things that you can do with your family to build memories with lasting impact.
1. Find a jar.
You can use an old jam jar, a Mason jar, a large jar or a small one. It really doesn't matter. I like to find a small one with a handle for my grandkids. Kids seem to think that anything with a handle is special.
2. Add a small amount of sand or soil.
I can't give you precise quantities to use because that will depend on the size of your jar.
3. Pop in the collected treasures- shells, seed pods, stones.... just a couple.
You might want to re-read yesterday's article about collecting these items. I f you missed it, you can find it here.
Your memory jar can also be used as a table lamp by slipping a small tea light inside the jar. Use battery operated versions with kids.
Let's enjoy these small moments and make them so beautiful that they will be worth remembering.
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I've decided to accept the 31Day blogging challenge with my own focus for the month: falling in love with small moments.