I used to be a daily journaler. I would write almost every night before I went to bed. Nothing was off-limits. Daily events, feelings, ideas, stories, poetry… I wrote in French and in English. I wrote meditations and quotes. I wrote a lot. It was my way of processing what was happening in my world, and was incredibly important to me. I wrote for almost 20 years, and have a box of journals full of these writings. Then, when Jer and I moved in together, I kinda stopped writing. I didn’t need to write things down to process them, because I had this partner who would do it with me. So I stopped. Sometimes I miss it, but not often because our lives are so full. But what I did miss was the routine, and the remembering. I missed being able to go back and read about where I was at and when, especially the fun bits.
And then, almost 5 years ago, one of our aunts bought us this lovely little 5 year journal. It was a delightful gift, and it’s been 4 and a half years that we’ve been writing in it, almost daily. We write about funny things (like when Jeremy makes the bedroom smell really bad), serious things (like when wildlife comes and eats our chickens), daily happenings (like parties and beach swims and visits from friends), but mostly we write about farmy things. When things are planted, when they’re harvested, when certain flowers start to bloom. We write about the weather and the first and last frost. What this means is that when people talk about how far behind or ahead we are, I can either agree or disagree, and I actually have data to back it up… 4 years of data, which isn’t much, but it’s something! So I can tell you that we were eating lots of strawberries this time last year and we were cutting our first lilies. Lilies this year are weeks away, and our first strawberries are just starting to pink up. In other words? We’re totally 2 or 3 weeks behind the past few year. Drat.
Other news? June is the month of visitors! A lovely friend that I met 9 years ago at a Vipassana meditation in Bolivia is here for a month with her husband and 8-month old son, as part of their jaunt around the world. It’s been super fun to catch up, go for swims and spend time on the farm together. It’s also lovely to spend so much time with another babe… I’m sure Patryn agrees!