Friday Papers began with the start of a new school year. The piles of papers my four children brought home each Friday began to pile up. There were messages about fundraising lunches, after-school Chinese classes, spelling tests, and kindergarten choir concerts printed in bold ink on 8.5x11 colored paper, and stuffed into drawers to “look at later.” As the papers started to accumulate, I was drawn to the eye-catching neon pinks and yellows, greens and blues. Children’s school papers have an element of history embedded in them; some are worthy of preservation and some quickly make their way to the recycling bin. Will their future selves want to see an essay on their summer Yellowstone trip? It begs the question, what to save? Which tangible documents and objects hold enduring value? With these ideas in mind, I visually explore a culture in which mothers face the duty or obsession to document their children’s lives.