Recently I was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article about affordable Mother’s Day gifts. My suggestion was, of course, writing-related: Buy her a journal.
A written account of your days on Earth isn’t just a chronicle of the way you work, eat, love, parent, spend, vote and play, however. It can also be:
A safety valve. Write down what happened at work/on that first date/as you walked past a construction site, or risk having your head ’splode.
A historical document. Some day your descendants will be startled that you once earned only $50,000 per year or that you had to hold your phone in your hand in order to communicate. Preserving these memories will add to your family history.
An intimate friend. You can tell your journal anything, although it might be wise to have a stout lock on the thing.