We celebrated my daughter's birthday over the weekend. Not just ANY birthday. Her 21st! Her 21st birthday has been anticipated for a long time. Not for maybe the reasons you're thinking, though.
20 YEARS AGO on her first birthday we asked our family to participate in making a time capsule for our baby girl. I put the items in a box and wrapped it up and marked it "to be opened September 2010" It's been in the top of my closet wherever we've lived. Finally we got to get it down and open it! She didn't know anything about it until I mentioned it a month ago. So now my other two are wondering if they have them, too. (TIME TO FIND A NEW HIDING PLACE FOR THOSE!)
It turned out to be a wonderful time of reminiscing for everyone, especially us. Lots of expressions of love and affirmation for her. Many relatives put in an heirloom type item, instead of something about the year 1990. I didn't ask for those, it just happened. Here's some of the goodies from her time capsule party:
A time capsule cake, too!
Finally the moment has arrived...
Hard to read some of the sweet notes from our loved ones no longer with us...
Lots of treasures!
Collage card about 1990 from aunt and uncle
Our local newspaper 9/30/90
Sermon book signed by Great Grandmother Amy
Doily made by her Great Grandmother Betty
Toothpick holder from her Great Grandmother Flora's collection - she got to attend the party too!
A silver certificate dollar bill
Pictures of the twin history in Dad's family
Unfortunately this cassette tape made by her uncle singing a song wouldn't work for us!
I didn't post everything - there were lots of pictures and encouraging letters in it. I would urge any of you with young children to do something like this! It wasn't exactly easy - I'll admit I had to bug the family a bit and even give some suggestions - but it turned out really well. 21 years old turned out to be a really good age, too. She's past the unappreciative teen years (well, she never really was that way too much!) and starting to appreciate her parents and extended family more.
Go make some memories!