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National Write Your Story Day.

Today is National Write Your Story Day.

This is something dear to me so, I thought I’d do a quick drive by blog.

Many, many stories are lost because they were never written down or even shared verbally. People think their stories aren’t important. I feel they all are. Every single one.

Please do this and encourage family members and friends to do the same. Doesn’t need to be fancy. Put your memories into words on the page so they won’t be lost forever. Years ago my dear sweet Auntie confided in me there was a really big family secret to be told and she was ready to tell it and several other ‘stories’. We set a date for the event. I had video and voice recorders ready. Before we could meet she fell seriously ill, was hospitalized and died.

At a multi-family summer gathering in the mid-west people were telling stories and a friend’s granddaddy shared he’d come to the area on one of the infamous orphan trains. He’d never mentioned it before. Gives me chills to recall it.

I was speaking to a group about this topic and asked a couple in their 80s if their children knew how they met and fell in love.  Nope. They shared the story. More tears. They hadn’t actually told each other when they knew they were in love. It was very moving and romantic.

Please, don’t let you family stories be lost. Authors in the group might want to consider collecting stories now and putting them in a book for Christmas gifts.       

                                             Rita  

 

14 responses to “National Write Your Story Day.”

  1. Gwyn says:

    Love this, Rita. When my grandmothers passed, so much of our family history passed with them. I often wonder what more I could have–or should have–learned.

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  2. Elisa Beatty says:

    Oh, my gosh, yes!!!

    Are you familiar with Paul Auster and the National Story Project? Those stories are amazing–just quick anecdotes from real life, some hilarious, some mysterious, some tragic, some just deeply moving. (There’s a collection of them titled I Thought My Father Was God [the title story is amazing.])

    And now that both my mom and dad are gone, I’m realizing it’s on me to tell my children their stories…. If I don’t, the stories will be lost.

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  3. Rita, I love that idea of collecting stories and giving them as Christmas gifts. I would love to share some of the stories I remember of my grandparents and parents with my children. They’d love them.

    Great drive-by post.

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  4. Addison Fox says:

    I love this post, Rita!!! And it’s so true – storytelling is how we share who we are and what we experience.

    A beloved aunt passed away in January at 96. The family history I have and know because of her is immeasurable because she shared it.

    xx,
    Addison

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  5. I love this, Rita! What a great reminder not to lose those stories. I have two grandmothers who are about to turn 90 & 91 and one of my favorite things is when they begin to spontaneously tell stories about their lives. I always learn something new.

    Thank you for this excellent drive by post! 🙂

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  6. Julia Day says:

    I love the idea of a Christmas gift.

    While visiting my mom, I was shuffling through a box of recipe cards–made out in the handwriting of my mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I would call out recipes to my mother. Lacey’s Cherry Cola Jello. Ada’s Cracklin’ Bread. Bobbye’s Beef Burgundy. My mother told me stories about some of them. I took photos of the cards with my phone. Sounds like I have a recipe book in the making…

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  7. Rita Henuber says:

    What treasures they are. Have you ever asked them about what they thought of a world event? I’ve found those stories to be very profound.

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  8. Cynthia Huscroft says:

    Yes, yes, yes…! Record, write, video…just get the memories down and pass them on but not before you add your own stories.

    Thank you, Rita:)

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