Posted on 11/20/2018 at 03:09 PM by Blog Committee
November is National Family Stories Month
I always enjoy hearing stories from the past while spending the holidays with friends and family. It’s as if the room falls silent the moment someone begins to reminisce. This is a rarity for my family since our gatherings are never quiet. Whenever a story is being told, we all sit mesmerized listening to tales of the good old days and how our family overcame hard times. Unfortunately, some stories can be forgotten when the storyteller is gone.
Before my grandmother passed away, we gave her a book which asked 365 questions. Each day of the year a new question was posed, and she would retell the details of the past with every arc and twist of her handwritten answers. The questions ranged from inquiring about her parents to her first failing grade to her first date, to a war memory, and everything in between. My family cherishes this book as a connection to our past and a way to recount stories that may have been forgotten.
November is National Family Stories Month and many of us will be with family this season. I encourage you to get a conversation going and have everyone tell their favorite family stories. You may be surprised by what you learn and entertained by all the laughter. If you’re interested in keeping your family stories alive, here are a few suggestions:
- Answer questions from a book or make your own and write the stories down in a journal. Click here for an example of the book my grandmother used.
- Make a scrapbook and label the pictures with dates and comments.
- Make a recording of the stories with video cameras, smartphones, or other hand-held devices.
- Create a family recipe book using everyone’s signature dish; food is almost always associated with good stories.
- Go digital! Collect existing videos and photos and convert them into digital format.
- Make a quilt from material worn by different family members or from fabrics, shapes, and designs that symbolize your family story.
Written by Kailey Kaestner