Write It Down!
August 21, 2013
Every summer, we headed to Arkansas to see Grandma, Grandpa, and the extended family. There were so many fascinating things to occupy a child’s mind: Strip-pits for swimming, long walks down dusty roads, and lightening bug jewelry. Now, the grandkids get together and ask, "Do you remember?" Some of the bits and pieces that come back: Grandpa carrying a revolver to the Coal Miner’s Union meetings; dishes that came on the ship from Germany with his grandmother; the mule that tore the front porch off the house. That’s all, just bits and pieces.
Let’s jump forward a generation or two. I’ve seen teenagers eyes glaze over when I talk about the past. Will they turn 50-something and wish they had listened? Or, am I going to do something about it right now?
Write it down!
And, the Midwest Genealogy Center is helping me do just that. There are two programs that have helped many people with their stories. The first is a monthly meeting on the 4th Tuesday each month, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. You don’t need to register. Just come and bring your favorite writing utensil. The group talks about writing skills, using the computer and different programs, and printing/publishing. We also take time to listen to each other’s works-in-progress.
The other program is called Building a Life Story. It’s a 6-week course on how to write a good story. Classes include choosing a story, describing people, themes, and making a connection with the reader. There are two sessions being offered beginning in September. One is on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m., starting on September 10th. The second is on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm, starting September 12th. The classes are two hours. You must register for this course and class size is limited.
Write it down! Your story, your parent’s stories, or your family’s history. Do it now! Or, your descendants will be sorry you didn’t.
Midwest genealogy Center