TELLING FAMILY HISTORY IN STYLE
I assessed my iCloud over the weekend to show my 4-year old daughter the story of her life. Her pictures and videos I made have been carefully kept there from the day of her birth. It was a mini reunion for my family as we gathered round the MacBook and travelled back to the past again. My daughter especially was overjoyed to see her life history in pictures and videos.
That reminded me of our old album at home where my birth and that of my sister were documented in black and white pictures. Mum is fond of creating nostalgic feeling anytime we visited home; she would grab the old album and flip the pages after the other, telling the stories behind the pictures. She would flashback to her younger days, pride in her beauty and boast of how she used to be the toast of the town.
People are often keen to find out more about their family, and would want to create a record of their parents and family lineage through compelling recollections of specific experiences or events. Shared and recorded stories help keep memories alive so that future generations will know something about their family members and their roots.
Sharing family stories is a way to strengthen inter-generational ties, keeping ideas and traditions alive, and enabling children to understand their cultural backgrounds. It draws connections with the past and helps children acquire a historical perspective. It is a means to introduce children to friends and family members.
When kids pay attention, make connections, and formulate questions; they learn valuable skills, gain self-confidence and a greater appreciation.
And those telling their stories can be rest assured they won’t be forgotten; and their values and information will be passed along to others.
So, what is your strategy of telling the past to the future generation?