Memories Are Your Heritage–Be Their Keeper
Memories are part of your heritage. Be the keeper of your senior’s memories.
Seniors love to talk about their memories of yesteryear. They were healthy and strong in mind and body. Family members, now gone, were still alive.
I have a family cookbook. I have compiled all the recipes from grandmother’s, and mother’s on both sides of our family. Some are things we couldn’t imagine eating, some are treasured favorites, like my mother-in-law’s pound cake or my mom’s apple pie.
I asked my mom how her family spent July Fourth when she was young. She remembers everyone met at the river on family land (in Kansas) and had a big picnic.
It included swimming, fried chicken and her favorite, homemade ice cream. I have her recipe for the ice cream. I haven’t made it in several years but I’m going to make it this year. Cross your fingers and hope it turns out! The last time I made it she said I didn’t put in enough vanilla, or not the right kind. I’m putting in lots of vanilla this year.
My dad’s family lived in Canada when he was young, so they didn’t celebrate the Fourth but he has lots of summer memories. He did daring things like swimming across the Frasier River, camping out on Vancouver Island and living off the land when he wasn’t very old. He trapped a rabbit for food then he made some rabbit skin gloves. He didn’t understand the process or purpose of tanning and ended up getting very sick from Tularemia. That was the end of his summer adventure.
Let’s encourage our seniors to talk about their lives this weekend. Make a memory book or voice/video record their stories. Look at old photos. The family lore and wisdom will be gone when they are no longer here. I don’t want to miss my chance to record and remember as much as I can.
Do you have favorite memories to share? Here are some great examples of pre-prepared books for recording your family history. https://www.thoughtco.com/journals-with-questions-preserving-family-memories-1422103
Tomorrow: iconic images from the 40’s and 50’s to get the memory bank primed and flowing. (Ask your senior about priming the pump to get it flowing.)