In the next weeks, people around the world will celebrate a variety of holidays with festivities, friends, and loved ones. It is during these times I especially think of family gatherings when sons and daughters, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas share their common traditions. What a wonderful opportunity to listen, learn and seek answers to questions that, perhaps, one did not know how or what to ask.
Assemblages such as these gave me the idea for “My Life in Lists.” Create a booklet with blank pages, which, regardless of age, one can annotate with single words or short phrases of personal meaning. During family events or individual visits, pass the booklet around for perusal. Each person can select a “memory jogger” and ask about its importance. In this way, families can share tales, stories, yarns, heritage, and history. Aspects of lives that would be, and too often are, lost forever. (My earlier Rattlesnake blog is an example about my father.)
The booklet can be a gift on any occasion (birthday, graduation, wedding, retirement) and shared at many an event (anniversaries, family reunions, holiday celebrations).