Corporate America and the American Spirit have commercialized Father’s Day and most other holidays meant to be special times to honor loved ones. No matter whether it’s Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Valentines Day, or Grandparents Day etc., there are always special things you can buy to show your loved one how much they mean to you. This is not bad but only thinking that buying something is the way to honor, overlooks a very important aspect of honoring – doing something yourself.
What if you actually took some time to think about making your own special present to honor your father on Father’s Day? The value you and your dad can get from your effort would be invaluable. Showing you care enough to not only spend money, but to spend time doing something special could be worth more than money could ever buy.
The idea of the A walk Down Memory Lane project is to provide you with a simple way you can show your dad just how important many moments with him have been to you. The final product could even become a family heirloom to be shared with grandchildren for generations to come. What a wonderful gift to give to not only your dad but to you and his progeny into perpetuity!
The instructions outlined below for making the A Walk Down Memory Lane project are just a start. You can surely take these steps and personalize them to you and your family’s traditions. Be creative!
A Walk Down Memory Lane Project Overview
This project is meant to be a chronicle of sorts of the memories you have of your father that bring smiles and tears to your heart. It can be a personal remembering or you can bring in other siblings and create a collection of memories from a siblings view. Another way to think about this is to collect memories from all important members of the family such as: grandparents, aunts, and uncles, etc. to pull together a multitude of diverse memories about your father. There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. There is just your way and what feels right for you.
- Decide if the project is going to be from you alone, from all siblings, or from all family members.
- Decide how you are going to present the memories. Some options are to create a scrap book, develop a PowerPoint slide show, and/or create an auditory rendition of your memories and burn a CD – like a Book on Tape.
- When making this decision remember that the final collection of memories will be something many family members will want a copy of so, if you are going to make a scrapbook you will have to consider making photocopies of memories, purchasing multiple scrapbooks, and putting multiple copies together.
- Hint – you might just make the photocopies and let other family members purchase their own scrapbooks and put them together – will save you a lot of time!
- Decide on a presentation style for your memories such as: creating a separate page for each memory, designing the page to have a border and to have artwork or pictures of your dad, and you may even want to have a template for the each page that might include: 1) a title for the memory, 2) a story about the memory, and 3) a summary of what the memory meant to you then and what it means now.
- If you are going to have the A Walk Down Memory Lane be inclusive of siblings and/or other family members, be sure and get these steps done early:
- Create a little information piece about what you want to do and be sure everyone has it al least a couple of weeks before Father’s Day.
- Give step by step instructions so everyone is clear on what they are to do. One thing to think about is – do you want people to provide only one memory or can they do as many as are important for them.
- If you are going to use a template, so all pages look the same send that with your information. This is a good idea because everyone can send their stories to you and all you have to do is put it in the format your memory book is going to be a CD or scrapbook etc.
- E-mail or snail-mail your idea, the template and other instructions to family members with a deadline date. Remember, it is important to give everyone at least two weeks notice to get their part of the memory book together and back to you.
- As the memories come in, organize them into the format you have chosen (scrapbook, CD etc.). Doing a little work everyday will keep you from having a time crunch at the end. You want this project to be fun – not stressful!
- Decide on how you are going to present your gift to your dad. If you can manage, it might be nice to have a gathering where contributors can each share their memory or memories personally. If a contributor can not be at the gathering, you might have them call in on speaker phone to share their memory with the whole group.
Remember, you can’t make a mistake with your memory project. It needs to be yours so make any changes you want to these instructions. The important thing to remember about this project is that you spent time (and maybe a little money) on your dad and you averted the commercialism of the holiday.