The Stories We Tell | Houdini Jonas

This week’s challenge at Document Life Workshop is to Document the stories you tell. Most of us have verbal stories we tell about our lives and experiences, but those aren’t always the stories we think to tell when memory keeping.

There are a few stories Jake and I tell pretty often in conversations about how crazy Jonas is. And those conversations come up a lot. We usually tell a few quick stories together, all from when he was between one and two, that really cover how active he is with his Houdini escape artist / misdirection moves. These stories are just the tip of the iceberg of Jonas stories that fall into this category, but they sum the concept up nicely.

The Stories We Tell | Houdini Jonas

Here’s the journaling:

Jonas, the biggest constant in 2012–the year you were 1– was climbing. You were climbing at a year old–we had to switch you to a toddler bed–at the same age Eliza was just learning to walk. Your climbing was not without purpose, however. You only needed to 2 minutes it took me to go to the bathroom to do something crazy. before I knew you could get onto an adult chair, you climbed from it to a table & got into a ton of paint I though was safe from your reach (& almost ate some!). Once, you saw me put away markers high in a kitchen cabinet & dragged a chair to the counter to get them.. and colored on the walls, table, refrigerator, & everything else in the breakfast room. You have Houdini moves.

The Stories We Tell | Houdini Jonas

I didn’t have photos to go with these stories (which is probably why I forgot to document them), so I instead decided to use several photos of Jonas climbing over the time period I’m talking about. Oh, and one with marker over his face. I think they support the story pretty well. Hah!

I also used this as an opportunity to work with the time story structure from Ali Edwards’s (now closed) Hello Story workshop at Big Picture Classes. I centered the title around the time it takes him to get into Houdini mischief (which also reminds me of Houdini’s timed stunts), included little hand-drawn clocks (I cannot believe that I had no clock embellishments in my giant stash!), and used a bigger time frame than I usually do–a whole year– to tell multiple “moments” type stories on one page.

What stories do you tell over and over again?

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