Preserving Memories

Preserving Memories

When my youngest was in first grade, I converted our walk-out into a 2 room school house. For the next 10 years I ran a preschool program from our home offering children, and my family, "the best of both worlds". I’ll talk more about my preschool, aptly named "Wee Care" at another time. But for today, I want to draw everybody’s attention to the ceiling in the school.  

Although rather hard to discern in this picture, each fall we dipped the children’s hands in paint and pressed their hand prints on the ceiling. How, you might ask. Without going into detail, think about trying to put pajamas on a ferret! Anyway, each year, each student left his or her mark on our ceiling, not only recording their growth over 3 years, but beautifully reminding me of all the little lives I had come in contact with. When I finally moved out of the house, it was very hard saying goodbye to the ceiling, especially knowing that the next owners would probably promptly paint over it.

Travel forward in time. When I moved in with Tim, one of the very first things I did was to turn the basement into a playroom. (This was accomplished when Michelle was pregnant with our first grandchild.) I had so much enjoyed my preschoolers’ hand prints that I knew it was imperative that I found a way to record my grandchildren’s. Tim and I came up with a wonderful idea… which I’ll share next time!



  1. Putting pjs on a ferret? Hehe. I can just see that! Can’t wait to see your idea.

  2. What a great idea! I can’t wait to read more of what you did.

    My DH had a great aunt who had all her guests sign her kitchen ceiling. I didn’t get to meet this lady, but I loved her idea too. When we moved into the Burrow we thought about having friends and visitors sign our basement bar ceiling, but that hasn’t panned out yet.

    Also, when I went home from college for winter break in the late 80’s my mom had a vinyl table cloth over a glass kitchen table. Someone grabbed a permanent marker and you can guess what happened next!

    In a former life, as a Girl Scout leader I had my girls each decorate a pillow case with fabric markers as a way to remember our first “camp out”. I made a pillow case too and I had each little chickie sign my pillow case. Those little ones are now freshmen in high school! 🙂 I think I need to share this idea with Lauraine!

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