There was a time when children and grandchildren learned all about family history from their parents or grandparents while sitting around the dining table, or the fireplace, or out on the back porch, telling the younger generations what life was like before they were born. Even when miles, mountains or continents separated families there was always the mail, and carefully penned letters could be held, kept, and treasured often for many generations. This is not the case anymore. The storytelling and letter writing has been replaced by technology. We now use the telephone, e-mails, texting, and even Skype to communicate with family. In fact, writing in cursive is not taught in grammar school anymore in some states. The question is how does future generations learn about the matriarch that made a difference in society or the future?
Baby boomers you may want to start writing down the legacy you are leaving future generations. Revive the art of storytelling, which is the way history was kept through generation to generation before records were kept. So revive the art of storytelling. Preserve the art of letter writing. Begin that written legacy for your children and future generations. First, get a pen you like and paper that will help you make notes and write little snapshots of the stories you want to pass on. If you are shy about your writing, then start by writing your memories in letter form. You can write to a friend, a relative, or you can write to a character you admire from literature. You don’t have to ever mail these letters; you are simply creating them to get your memoirs started.
Leaving a legacy for your children and for the generations to come can be done. Perhaps you want your descendants to remember your special recipes, or stories of their own parents at play, or even what life was like for you before technology took over. Gathering and writing down early family stories can be a daunting task, especially if you try to start like Charles Dickens; at the beginning. It can be done, and there are many tricks of the trade which can make the task much easier and even fun. There is no need to write it in story form. Just jot down notes those future generations will have a chance to learn about the family history.
Start with a notebook for the notes or recipes or even a photo album with captions under the pictures. All you need to start is a good pen, some quality paper, and a willing heart. In addition, there is a group on Facebook called “The Organized Genealogist” and has many members. Many people want to keep their family history and even organize it for future generations. Seniors this group and the senior solutions blog are two ways to learn a way to leave the family legacy for your children and grandchildren. So, seniors/baby boomers keep the family history and enjoy leaving the legacy for your children and grandchildren.