Preserving Personal History for Children
(while we preserve the earth for them)
Parents speak about what their childhood was like compared to what it is now. While we remember the good and bad of our childhood, our audience wonders how we survived without all the electronic gadgets, computers, fancy appliances, or instant gratification of fast food, all of which control the lives of everyone today. Our present day citizens will likely own cars that drive themselves, but few can remember when owning a car at all was a really big deal. (Think first house to own a car on the whole block.) While I was too young to remember that, I do remember our family’s first telephone, our first TV, and other firsts that kids can't imagine not being around since the beginning of time. (That's why they think we are older than dirt.) If we told earlier generations that we would go into space I’m sure they wouldn’t have believed us, any more than when we are told humans might live on another planet.
I felt the same way about my parents and their stories. But, isn't that how we pass on actual events in history and our roots? While small children may not be that interested in our stories now, as they grow up they will probably ask about their family's history and all the stories that go with it.
Let's keep those opportunities open. Tape or film conversations with your parents or grandparents to pass on to your children and grandchildren. You might even write a book about family stories. They, in turn, can pass it on to their children. It's a way of preserving personal history and how life used to be way-back-when.
If you care to leave a comment, please do so below.