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Ask Jennifer: Week ending 12/14

Posted at: 07/18/2008 3:32 PM
Updated at: 12/01/2014 9:20 AM

Dear Jennifer,

I just wanted to share how much I have enjoyed sitting with my father while he tells me stories about his life. I have recorded most of them. Some of them I wrote down. And then I got it all compiled into a DVD. When he died, I played it at the memorial. And I’ve made copies for the family. And it is beautiful. I cry and I laugh but mostly I smile. I’m sure I’m crazy, but I feel him with me when I watch it. Anyway, I just wanted to pass this idea on.

Sincerely,
Rhonda

Dear Rhonda,

Our elders are our historians. It’s been this way throughout the ages and around the world. Generally speaking, we have lost our respect for the importance of these stories and our elders. Today, we can capture these stories through technology or by writing them out. Writing the stories is a great way to spend time with your eldest family members. All it requires is a three ring binder and paper. Ask a question and record the answers. Everyone will enjoy reading the stories. It prompts more questions and more stories. Caution: use care if there were difficulties in childhood – these may be painful memories. Thanks for writing in and reminding us of another reason to enjoy our oldest family.

Warmly,
Jennifer