Over supper one night my husband said thoughtfully, “You know what we should do? We should create a family time capsule and lock it away, then re-open it a decade from now.”
For once all three of us instantly agreed with him, which never happens so kind of took him by surprise! Once he’d recovered, he went off to research and design one.
A time capsule is simply a container which stores a selection of objects chosen as being typical of the present time, then put away or buried for discovery in the future.
We are in the middle of the most significant planet-wide event since The Second World War. Our children are living through a period which will be taught in schools in years to come. And when their own children have ‘show and tell’ it’s kind of both cool and humbling to think of their classmates looking back in time through items, photos and notes deliberately selected by us, right now, as being representative of our hopes and fears and everyday life in lock-down.
It’s relatively simple to design your own time capsule and if you’re creative and have the time then go for it. But while looking on the internet for ideas my husband came across a Canadian company who had done it so well and so completely that he felt anything he did would be reinventing the wheel. The company is called Long Creations and they’ve kindly provided free digital downloads for both kids and adults, so the whole family can take part.
You can find the downloads here. Perhaps you could send photos of your creations in so we can feature them in future editions.