Over the past couple of years, our extended family has lost several members.
There was no unusual event like an accident or disaster. We just lost them to old age. As I talked to family members, I was struck by how much oral family history was being lost each time someone passed.
If you know me at all, you know that I love to tell stories from my own past. I love recalling and sharing the great memories and lessons I learned along my life path. I didn’t think my life had been all that remarkable, but have been told otherwise so who knows? It must depend on personal perspective. Regardless, I do love telling a story in a way that we can all share a laugh.
Now I’m grown, married and have grown kids of my own. A while back, when talking to my daughter about these family deaths and the stories I was hearing, she challenged me to record my own stories so they don’t get lost like so many others we were watching drift out of reach. She thought my stories were fun to retell and did not want to see them lost.
Okay, then. I started collecting short story files and sharing them around some. Family members and friends told me they were fun to read, encouraging me to record and share more.
Chucking files back and forth became a hassle so that same daughter encouraged me to drop them into a blog, making them available to almost anyone. Sounded a bit like work to me, but also potentially fun, so I gave it a try. Turns out that it was both work and fun, but I now have a small shareable collection of fun memories packaged to entertain. Each story is about limited to 2000 words, which the average 200 word/minute reader can enjoy is 10 minutes or less.
I’ve made a few new friends by doing this and what better return on an investment can one hope for.
I hope you’ll read, enjoy and share my stories. I hope you find at least a good laughs in each one. I also hope you can see yourself in a few. If we’re not already friends, well – we should fix that. Under a different menu selection, you’ll find a “Contact Me” selection. You can take it from there I think.