It’s the Holiday Season again, and things start to be busy. Time is spent preparing and decorating, not to mention the shopping that goes on to make it all possible. We want so much to create memories and have everything be perfect, but do we remember the lasting impressions of stories. What stories do we want to pass on to the new generation?
I had the honor and privilege of spending time with my Great Grandma Lyle. She lived to be 104 years. I remember her telling me stories of her childhood about the coal oil lamps, the bear skin rug, and the horse and buggy being the means of transportation. I thought of cars, computers and cell phones--all of the many wonderful changes that took place during her life. History was more real to me because of her stories.
I also remember stories told of my great grandfather who hid money in certain places around the house before he left on his mission, and wrote back periodically to tell his family where the money was hidden as they needed it. Once I was talking to someone who was so surprised to hear about people not putting money in the bank, and storing it in their home. It seemed so completely foreign to them. I was not surprised because of the story of my grandfather. There was a time that people did not trust the bank and, they found other ways of keeping their money save. Although in the case of my grandfather, he should have kept it in the bank, because the mice used it to make their nest.
There are stories that are special to your family that help demonstrate what values you family holds dear, give hope and encouragement, and that make us laugh and feel closer together. This holiday season let us find time to tell each other a little more about who we are, and what really means something to us. If you need starter questions, National Funeral Director Association has put together a brochure at http://www.talkofalifetime.org/event/ , or there is also a deck of cards that can be ordered with questions to start the conversions. Here are a few samples: What made you laugh so hard you cried? What is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? What made it Beautiful? What does your perfect day look like? What is your favorite genre of music? Band? Song? Is there something you’ve always wanted to know? Now is the time to ask.
I know there are many stories we tell over and over at family gatherings. There are new stories yet to be heard. Life is about the connections we make and remember with each other.
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