Time capsules, in their truest form, are a historic treasure of goods or information that show future generations what life was like at the time. But what if you could collect some information about your family and save it for a future you, each leap year?
Years ago, I decided to make a “Leap Day Time Capsule” with my kids. While I didn’t bury it in the ground or put any “goods” in the box, I did capture what was popular and happening with my kids on a piece of paper. We listed things like our favorite colors, TV shows, best friends, and what our favorite foods and songs were. Then we sealed it up and promised not to read or look at it until the next leap day.
It’s Easy and Fun
If you have young kids, you could list things for them, or if they are old enough, even have them draw something on this “capsule.” List your favorites too.
No kids or grown kids? That’s OK. Why not list some of what you feel is important on this leap day or perhaps list some futuristic goals of where you’d like to be or what you’d like to accomplish by next leap day.
Then take your Leap Day Time Capsule and place it in a safe place (maybe a safe, or file cabinet, or lock box), just remember where you hid it. Do not look at it until the next leap day, then add to it, “bury” it again, and keep it going for another four years. It really becomes a fun way to reminisce.
My first Leap Day Time Capsule was very ornate, I used some glitter and had the kids draw some pictures too (that was 20 years ago). This year will be our fourth Leap Day Time Capsule and since my kids are 24 and 20, I don’t think there will be as much fanfare, but it will be fun for us to look back at what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and what’s yet to come.