More ways to stimulate and share stories, passions, heritage and talents: ♦ Grandpa reads to future and perhaps current children in the extended family. Using books from previous generations makes it more meaningful.
♦ Grandma teaches the meaning of special words and phrases from her heritage to strengthen the ethnic identity of the grandchildren.
♦ Grandpa demonstrates how he makes his famous pot roast.
♦ Grandpa does a show and tell with the items in his tool box and shows how to use his tools that the grandchildren will inherit one day.
♦ You show the Ellis Island documents and heirlooms you inherited from your great grandmother.
♦ People tell about shared adventures and fond memories in groupings.
♦ A family talent show is fun and showcases traditional, fun and strange talents. The Johnson family sings, niece Emily plays the violin, Cousin Mike shows how to do some magic tricks, brother Sid shows how he makes paper hats and you do the tap dance you learned as a child.
♦ Everyone participates to remember and fill in the missing parts of a large family tree. People bring documents for details.
♦ Individuals or groups sit around a table and share the back-stories of old family pictures they brought to share and learn about.
♦ Downsizing - Show and tell about your memorabilia that you need to get rid of, as you downsize in preparation to move to a smaller place.
♦ Be interviewed by a loved one to create an in-depth video memoir.
♦ Share or read your written personal moments, wisdom and advice. "This, I believe..."
Read and listen to the "This I Believe" essays for inspiration. www.ThisIBelieve.org
Don't miss the opportunity during your next visit. If you don't set aside for this meaningful activity it is very unlikely to happen. You are guaranteed to learn things you didn't and didn't even thing to inquire about.
Dave can help your family plan, create and share important and treasured recordings. Dave@DaveSavage.com 404 323-8686