My mother was the heart and soul of my life; a rarely complaining source of strength and inspiration.
She was there during good times and bad. There was not a point of trouble where she did not offer comfort and a listening ear.
My Dad was equally honorable but a busy man. Work , church and community activities took most his life until retirement.
It was my mother who spoke to me about life’s issues. She just didn’t have the time, she took the time.
She was a quiet source of strength who would run literally you down in the blink of an eye if you needed either safety or a good talking to.
We spoke for hours.
Now that she has passed, I miss her immensely. My children got to know her as a widow who struggled with age. I knew her as young, vivacious and interesting.
I didn’t record my mother:
I didn’t record an interview with my mother like I did my father. That was a mistake.
There are points in life where we define ourselves in terms of our aspirations and there are moments where we are defined by our circumstances. My mother held on to her dignity throughout the great majority of her life.
But not to record her in full blossom was a mistake.
I would give anything to hear the laughter and stories of her life.
Don’t make the same mistake. Record your parents. Save the memories.
Yes, no parent-child relationship was perfect but for those with parents who really tried to be the best they could be, the memories are worth saving.
I don’t care if you use the resources of this site; that’s not the purpose of this article.
What’s important is that you take the time to do audio or video interviews with your parents and provide them with the opportunity to convey their essence.
You and your children will be glad that you took the time.
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