With October upon us, temperatures are dropping and the leaves are turning in most parts of the country. Perhaps tucked away somewhere lies a family quilt or knitted and crocheted blankets, made by your relatives from a bygone era.
What should you tell your children about your life story and family history? Research shows hearing stories of facing adversity is actually beneficial to children.
When people learn what I do, they often recount the stories they remember hearing their grandparents tell. It goes without saying that I have been fortunate to have heard many amazing stories – some inspiring, some informative, some heartbreaking – all offering a glimpse of history as experienced by ‘real’ people.
I just finished listening to a moving story by Michele Norris of NPR, recount memories of her father as sought to make sense of them in her new book, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir.
When a loved one starts to lose a lifetime of memories, it affects the whole family. Often, the changing stages of Alzheimers are marked by a renewed interest and focus on preserving family stories and history by those who realize how much stands to be lost.