Below is a post from a blog I love. I just had to share because I so wish I had done this...and since my kids are all grown and gone, I can't. But if you can, you might be interested.
Growing up we memorized quotes.
Lots and lots of quotes.
If we memorized them, we could earn more "points" toward getting our money doubled for our allowance at the end of the week (learn more about the money system here). And because I was a "saver" boy you can bet I wanted that money doubled. So I slaved away to learn those quotes.
Man alive am I ever glad.
They come to my mind all the time and they are powerful.
So after much contemplation on what in the world to put in the alcove at the top of my stairs (I'm very particular about what I put on my walls as I explained here) I came across this chalkboard at Pottery Barn I HAD to have. (It helped that my dear sis-in-law worked there so I could get myself a hefty discount on it...thanks Kara!)
You see, I envisioned it filled with those quotes I memorized growing up, and new ones too.
And each time we climb the stairs we can think about something uplifting and empowering.
Each week I write something new up there.
And the kids have declared that they should have "turns" too.
I REALLY like how she said:
"They come to my mind all the time and they are powerful."
This blog writer has LOTS of great ideas, and she's all about sharing them.
You can check it all out at 71 Toes
An After thought: 4 years ago Den and I took my parents to the funeral of Dr. Havenhill. He delivered 7 of her 8 babies. Which means I got to attend the funeral of the man how helped bring me into the world. Anyway, during the service a woman was singing an old time gospel hymn...one I had never heard. Here was my Alzheimer's mother sitting next to me, who couldn't even remember why we were there that day, singing all those words, very quietly to herself. I turned to watch her and sure enough, she knew every single word. It was obviously from her childhood learning.
My mom had told me many times while I was raising my sons, "Teach them to memorize things in their childhood and they will never forget them." She was right! I wish I had listened to her more.