So often when friends hear about Storied Lives, they’ll say something like “Oh I wish someone would write about my grandmother/grandfather. He/she has such amazing stories!”
It’s true. For those of us lucky enough to get to know our grandparents, we know what rich history they have handed down through oral storytelling. In some cases, we may have been lucky enough to audio or videotape a few words.
I remember my grandfather telling us stories about coming to this country at age 6 without his parents. He had to learn to support himself from a young age and through hard work and determination, created a legendary menswear retail business in Baltimore, MD.
What a gift it would have been to have written down even one of his stories! He passed away when I was in high school, and I still miss him many years later. The stories sadly start to fade in one’s memory as the years go by.
So if you are able to start or participate in a formal Storied Lives program, jump at it. But even if that is not possible, start an informal one with a few friends and write stories about the elderly in your family, neighborhood, or religious organization. We’d love to hear about your efforts, recognize them, and put the stories on our site.
Or just take the time to write a story about that one important elderly person in your life, such as – yes you guessed it – your dear grandmother. Send your story or stories to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to post them on our site. Your grandparents will treasure the story, you’ll treasure the experience, and we’ll post the story where many more people can benefit from their wisdom and wit – written through your eyes and ears.