A Family Activity! Preserving Memories With A Family Time Capsule

In 2000, the new millennium, I wanted to do something to commemorate the occasion with a family activity that culminated this year, 2020, another momentous year in modern history. At the time, our three girls were 12, 9, and 6: sixth, third, and kindergarten school children. I had the idea of making a time capsule to open in the year 2020 when the kids would then be 32, 29, and 26, an unimaginable thought at the time.

The kids were enthusiastic about the proposal and began scrambling to put some of their prized possessions in the Sam’s Club laundry soap bucket which served as the time capsule vessel. (I used to buy the enormous bucket for a mere 10.00!) We loaded it up with a beanie baby, photos, letters to each other, favorite pieces of clothing, toys, etc., and a questionnaire asking: What is your favorite TV show? What is your favorite movie? Where do you see yourself in 20 years? What is your one wish? Etc.

After our first grandchild was born in April, our daughter begged us to open the time capsule even though we were not together, as we had planned to open it at Thanksgiving. But, thanks to COVID, we believed our holiday plan would have most probably been for naught. Therefore, we gathered everyone on Zoom from Nashville and Atlanta and to Raleigh/Durham.

There were 8 of us on the call to include spouses and significant others. The locals had the distinct honor and pleasure to be the procurers of the oversized laundry soap bucket. On May 15, 2020, we gathered with excitement and giggles to learn what had been placed in the time capsule so long ago. There was a ton of laughter and incredulity at what had been collected and documented in 2000.

After the hour of fun and frivolity, the vote to create another time capsule passed by a landslide. A second questionnaire for all to complete was disbursed, and, to this day, the completed documents are making their way to the oversized laundry bucket for round 2, to be opened in the year 2040.

If you would like to create a time capsule and need ideas for the questions, please email me and I will send you our template for you to use: [email protected]

Lauren Watral, MSW, CMC

Owner Raleigh Geriatric Care Management

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