At a recent barbeque, a family friend revealed that she's kept every wall calendar she's used since she got married 30+ years ago. Now, she and her family can look back at what they were doing on any given day or week throughout the years, from little league games to dance recitals to leaving for college. She said it can be funny to see some of the events they'd forgotten (parties at the roller rink in the '80s) and exhausting to see just how busy she and her husband were when their kids were in grade school. Her calendars have become a meaningful collection they all treasure.
It's my favorite kind of collection — simple, easy-to-manage, and sentimental. Since she copies birthdays and anniversaries over from one calendar to the next at the start of every year — even those of relatives who are long gone — her kids know when their great-uncle's birthday would have been and the date of their grandparents' wedding anniversary. Even the themes of each calendar serve as a history, reflecting her changing tastes over the years. Overall, it's a lot of amusement and history in a collection built entirely from functional objects.
While I usually buy a pretty calendar to hang somewhere and then keep track of day-to-day stuff on my phone, I may follow her lead in 2011.
Calendar Shown: 2011 Oversized Wall Calendar by Kitenotes on Etsy, $30.