When I was asked if I wanted to be involved in making a time capsule, I was intrigued enough to find out more. It also meant that I could use it as an opportunity to talk to the girls about the future, making memories, and even loved ones that we have lost. Its actually something that had been on my mind to do anyway, so to be given some items to make a time capsule was really helpful.
It was Endsleigh in association with Best British Bloggers that sent me my time capsule components for us to make together, and here is everything we were sent:
- Wooden Chest
- Photograph Frame
- Digital Camcorder
- Weller Woodburning and Hobby Kit
- Forget Me Knot seeds
- A Five Year Memory Book
- Voucher for printing photograph
Life Insurance, is something so easily forgotten about, but incredibly important. Endseigh, have a great blog with lots of hints and tips on, that I would recommend, if you are looking into life Insurance. Tall Dad and I both have life insurance, and whilst writing this blog, it has made me wonder whether we need to have it assessed? Life insurance is one of those things, that are not always a top priority until it’s too late. What I liked about this task, is it really made us think about all of the things, that money can’t buy…memories.
Quite quickly we decided we didn’t want to use it as a tradition time capsule, but more as a memory box, that we could look at now, add to, and look at in the years to come, not bury and forget about it. We have recently lost a very dear family friend unexpectedly, and Miss N (aged 10) especially, has had lots of questions, so we thought she might find it a useful. This proved to be the case, as it became a great visual aid to talk about memories over the past week already.
The box came undecorated, and the woodburning kit, needed to be used to decorate it. This was a little daunting, the scary smell and smoke is something I need to get used to, and none of us had ever used anything like this before. So I’m afraid the decoration is very simple, with the year, and ‘MEMORY BOX’ etched on, you can see it in the video below. I’m not going to give up though, but more practise is definitely needed!
We have each added one item to the box, an important memory, something we want to be able to look back on, those I am going to keep private as they are more personal. We also added lots of photographs to the box, and a special one in the frame. We planted the forget me not seeds in a pot, on the window. Once they have germinated, I’ll transfer them to the garden though. I think we are going to put them around the bench, as this is where both Tall Dad and I both like to sit and think, or watch the girls when they are playing in the garden.
The next step was to record a video, here is a portion of the video we made, its ended up being a lot longer than we first thought, with all of us adding a section. We decided we wanted to have something, that we could add to, perhaps every year :
The cup song, that Miss N sang is really very poignant, it was her choice entirely, here is a portion of it :
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
You’re gonna miss me by my walk
You’re gonna miss me by my talk, oh
You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone
Miss A decided she would like to do a dance, she was really busting some moves in her slippers, I can’t wait to see her face, when she views that in 10 years time!
So that is our memory box, and its made me realise even more how important it is to treasure memories.
Do you have any other ideas what we could add to the box?
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