The upcoming holidays can be rich with stories as well as food.
During visits to father’s parents, I sat at the dining table from one meal until almost time for the next. Why? Stories.
My paternal grandfather only told a couple stories, and my paternal grandmother never told one until I was an adult. However, their sons—my father and his two younger brothers—filled my grandparents’ holiday tables with tales. Mamaw was a skilled cook, but her food is not what I remember.
The evening’s entertainment by the fire included more stories by the brothers. (Their sister wasn’t given an opportunity.)
The stories entertained, but along the way, I learned their importance. I learned to ask particular questions. (See here.)
Decades ago, I bought It’s Your Story: Pass it On by Colgin and van der Ven. Available on websites selling used books, it is the easiest guide I have found for capturing family history. Reticent family members easily answered the probing and interesting questions.
Has a family story enriched your life?