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“Grandma Ruth, will you please write the story of your life in a book so we can have it to remember you by,” said my brother’s daughter Barbara to our mother.
So with a pen in her hand, mother began to write and record facts about growing up in a small town, helping her dad on a ranch, and later getting married and raising three children. Years went by and she continued to write.
When my dad (her husband) passed away, she and her widowed sister Edna took a cruise to
Alaska and the following year another one to the Caribbean. They traveled to Hawaii twice and on one occasion drove back to to visit relatives. Kansas
At age 90, mother gave up her driver’s license, so once a week I took her grocery shopping. In October each year, I drove her to visit her sister Edna in Lindsay and to celebrate Edna’s birthday.
All this was recorded in her journal.
One day she requested me to type it up for her, which I was happy to do. I asked her to keep writing, but she said, “Now I am too old to travel, so I will just let that be it.”
As time went by, my mother Ruth began to loose her memory. Most days, she thought I was a good friend and not her daughter. There was scarcely a story to tell or write down. They were lost and there was no saving them anymore.
Not all was lost, because she had written down much in her journal and I had recorded it on my computer.
Printing out the copies was easy and I took them down to our Office Supply and had 50 copies spiral bound into an 8 ½ by 11 book.
Mother passed away in March of this year, and at her funeral we gave out the copies of her story to all who knew her well and to the family. Many told us how thrilled they were to learn more about our mother and her activities as they read her book.
All of us have a story to tell. As we age, it is more difficult to remember events of long ago, and now is the time to begin to write the account of your life.
May I encourage you to save the stories that will be lost if you fail to do this.
"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it." Habakkuk 2:2, NKJV
This post is linked with Jennifer at: God-Bumps and God-Incidences
And linked with Joan Davis at: Sharing His Beauty
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