I'm not posting a picture of a 300-year-old gravestone in honour of halloween. No, instead it's in honour of my family history. Most of the people listed on that stone are my relatives.
Every family is full of stories. Stories most people don't even know are in their own families. Stories like my Mennonite great-great-grandmother Anna fleeing from the Soviet army in a covered wagon while being shot at. With her three children, leaving three graves behind her. Or my great-grand-nanny Catherine being a beauty queen and only using milk to wash her face instead of soap. Or my great-grandfather Robert helping to build the Queen Mary ocean liner, and my Papa watching the ship's launch from his top-floor window when he was very young.
How did I learn these stories? By listening. I sat down with my grandparents on several occasions and just listened as they told me about their past, their ancestors, and their history. Without this passing down of stories, most of them would be lost. As it is, I'm already fuzzy on some of the details, and I'd love to sit down with each of my three grandparents to discuss these stories again.
A few months ago, I stood outside with my Papa and listened to him tell me about The Story Hour radio program that he listened to in Scotland as a child. I was fascinated, and honoured to be able to spend that time learning from the sweetest man alive.
Do you know your family's stories?
Day One: 31 Days to Real-Life Relationships
Day Two: Be a Good Hostess
Day Three: The Cultivate Family Friendships Challenge
Day Four: The Book Club Bench
Day Five: The Ask-a-Friend-for-Help Challenge
Day Six: The Do-Something-Scary-with-a-Friend Challenge
Day Seven: The Most Important Relationship
Day Eight: Be Thankful in Relationships
Day Nine: Girls' Night!
Day Ten: Accept Offers from Others (No Guilt Allowed!)
Day Eleven: How to Make Friends
Day Twelve: A Pleasant Home
Day Thirteen: A Different View of Birthday Cards
Day Fourteen: Laugh Together
Day Fifteen: The Plan-A-Family-Outing Challenge
Day Sixteen: The Smile Challenge
Day Seventeen: Get Enough Alone Time
Day Eighteen: The Power of an Apology
Day Nineteen: Give Your Time
Day Twenty: Mail Letters to Friends and Family