If you've got a senior citizen in your folds, it's time to get out the computer or tape recorder and record an oral history. You will never regret the time you spent sitting with your elder loved one and recording the oral history.
An oral history, when told by an elder, can lead one back down a road not generally followed. Officially documenting the names of aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and all other family members may give future generations a clue from whence they came.
Especially if your loved one has passed away, being able to cue up an mp3 and listen to their voice may invoke wonderful emotions. Some tears may be shed but, in the end, the warm feeling left behind is comforting.
Family stories are handed down from generation to generation and change accordingly. Having an oral history to actually document your elder loved ones life is a great way to be able to have a benchmark for the start of a story.
So many of us lead busy lives and don't stop to talk to our elderly loved ones as frequently as we should. How many people think 'I wish I had been closer' during the funeral service? Too many, if you ask me. You'll never regret the time you spent recording an oral history.
If your oral history includes two people, listening to them talk together can be a blast. An oral history of my parents was recently unearthed and the bond between them is evident as they finish each others sentences. That's what 65.5 years together will get you.
I am blessed to have been raised by two of the best parents ever to birth babies. I'm still blessed to be caring for my soon-to-be 94 year old mother. As my financial planner told me the day I quit my day job to care for my mother "You'll never regret the time you've spent loving your parent." I know she was right.
Great job on this!
Wonderful list, thanks for sharing.
I think this is a great idea...to record your family's oral history. Thanks for sharing it. H5
A wonderful list. I love learning about the past from my 88-year-old Aunt Mae.
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