Several of my friends have recently purchased this book – To Our Children’s Children by Bob Greene.
They’ve been telling me how wonderful it is and since I love knowing all about my grandparents and the times in which they lived, I decided to get the book and hope to preserve some of my memories for Chad. On the cover, it says “Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come”. It’s a book full of questions/prompts to help you remember details you would like to write for your future generations. I read some of the questions to Vince and he says . . mere trivia! I told him this is the kind of “trivia” I would give anything if I knew about my grandparents — the memories they have, what life was like for them as kids and then young adults, the changes they saw, the struggles they faced, etc.
I think Chad will love having my answers which will probably end up being hundreds of pages because there are hundreds and hundreds of questions and each one brings back more memories and things I want to write for them to remember. Even if he doesn’t enjoy it or if Addie and her sisters or brothers don’t enjoy it, I’m loving writing all my answers/thoughts.
While vising with my uncle, he knows so much about my grandparents, their brothers and sisters, their lifestyle as young adults — things I have never heard before. My uncle told us about how he raised and picked cotton as a kid in high school (or maybe it was junior high) – three acres I think he said . . picked it all by hand and made a large chunk of money back then. Can you see most of today’s kids coming home from school and tending to a cotton crop in order to have spending money? Back then, it was more like money to help feed the family . . which is even more unlikely that today’s youth would do something like that.
I asked my uncle if he would answer some of the questions and he said he would love to so I had a book sent to him and it will probably get to his house before he gets home. Together, we’re creating a treasure for sure!
If you enjoy this kind of writing, I highly recommend this book. With every question, I am reminded how much I would love to have had every one of them answered by my own grandparents. Not only will I pass my answers along to Chad, but I will pass the book along to him and hope that he will also answer the questions for his kids and grandkids . . oh to be a fly on the wall and read some of his answers . . I’m betting there’s a whole lot that went on that I don’t know about . . and probably do not want to know about! 🙂