A great way to capture emotions and moments of change is with a memory hand or a memory box.
The picture here is of my memory hand, a month before my grandmother died. I used it as a brainstorming activity, but it is now one of my favorite notebook entries. I come back to it often.
1. Trace your hand across the page of your notebook.
2. Examine your hand. Think of all the different things you use it for. Looks at the scars, freckles, funky joints, and maybe not-so-clean fingernails.
3. Write each of these memories in the hand - where they belong. Include items from both hands, or if you run out of room, trace two hands.
A locker memory.
1. Draw a large rectangle across the page.
2. Think about your locker (which you really should be cleaning out right now)
3. Write each item (and the memory) in the "locker".
Sometimes even I need to change things up a bit in my notebook, add a splash of color or a design, record my thoughts a different way. A memory hand is a great way to do that.
Record your memories. Think about them. Let them incubate. You may come back to them in a month or two, or even a year.
The best part?
Once you record them you will be able to recapture a bit of your sixth-grade-self, and that is a gift.