Telling The Stories of Parents

by admin on June 12, 2012

Http://mylifeaudio.com.

A consistent theme in talking to people about MyLifeAudo.Com is the wish they recorded their family histories. To most people, it’s comforting to document portions of their lives and family activities as benchmarks; something to return to in future years. Stories provide clarity and perspective that makes sense of our lives.

As I look over my life, I discover that my parents were my best friends and the older I got the closer we became. Dad and Mom became Catherine and Leonard. The emphasis on teaching me life lessons was mostly over.  Now we related as people.

My father and mother were good and kind people simply trying to make their way through life. It was rare to hear a negative word from either of them. They truly listened and they were truly interested in my life and the lives of those around them. They were rare people.

How many people in your life truly listen to what you have to say?

I did a formal recording of my Dad years ago which gave me the idea for this site. But I think I would have been happier to record both parents and to ask them about their hopes and dreams as they entered the latter portions of their lives.

Discovering that my parents were my best friends came later in life.  I regret that I do not have the ability to hear them both once again. Placing the recordings on a website would give children and grandchildren and beyond seamless access to their lives.

Good people deserve to live on through their stories. I’m not sure why we neglect this opportunity, but we do.

The bottom-line? Record your parents before they get away. You won’t regret the decision.

Best, Len.

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Rolland June 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I have started a movement to get children to write the life stories of there parents and grandparents and we’ve making a great deal of progress. In addition to the other features of imastory.com we have a lesson plan for teachers and a guidelines for the students so they are prompted on every page the questions to ask.

Thanks for taking a look if you get a chance.
Rolland Love
ozarkstories.com

admin June 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Hi Rolland: As someone who has a house in the Appalachians, I share your passion for the stories of mountain people. You have a very nice site. Please contact me via e-mail if you would like to exchange links. best, Len.

Evangelos Afendras June 18, 2012 at 8:21 am

Mine, unfortunately, have gone away, quite some time ago… I even regret not recording my maternal grandmother who passed away in 1968 at the age of 106! But, I have often narrated stories I heard from them all, father-mother and grandmother, and have even written some of these episodes. I hope to record an older cousin this summer, back in Greece, on what he might remember of our family ‘tales’. And I am leaving my children lots of my own personal stories in various forms. Perhaps I should start recording myself, now!
Thanks for the trigger!
cheers
evangelos

admin June 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hi Evangelos: A wonderful story. Please keep us posted as to the progress of your story telling and yes, do not hesitate to record yourself.
Best, Len.

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