Friday, January 2, 2009

storyboard


Buddy has lots of stories about growing up and working and family that he tells every so often to the amusement of all of us, and we have been urging him to write them down for years. This Christmas he received a box full of inspiration and ideas from all of us. Along with a bottle of ginko biloba for memory and a bag of replacement marbles in case he has lost any along the way, were these books and letter:

Dear Buddy, Dad, Grandpa,

We want to hear your stories! We want to be able to read about all your adventures, now and for years to come. You don't have to write a shiny hardback book, but a collection of family stories that will be treasured for years to come. These are just a few vague snippets we can remember:

… the adventures with Chuck - AT trip, cross-country trip, building a kayak, building a waterwheel…

… the childhood Christmas eve listening through the vent…

… the one about the tutu…

… the movies in the basement…

… practical jokes at work - wet concrete in the desk drawer…

… the summers in the country with grandparents…

… about living in the burbs, playing ball under the power lines, skateboard, bikes, mowing lawns, trolley cars…

… the one about the hampster for Mother's Day…

… and even the band trips and balcony escapades, after all it is YOUR life!

So please gather all your memories and writing supplies. Enclosed are a few things that might help. Hurry before you lose all your marbles and we all lose your stories. Just do it!

Love,

Your family



Get Inspiration:


From a fellow Southerner whose family talked him into writing about his life: "I decided to write this book, after some arm-twisting from Kelly and a few close friends, because I wanted people to know where I came from, the people who raised and nurtured me, and the outlook and values they engrained in me, hopefully values I've passed along to my own three children."




From a fellow carpenter who "draws upon the lessons he learned as an apprentice to his own father."



From a famous published author and family friend who has been there, done that and has faith that you can to, from autographed copy of his book: "To Buddy, you probably won't need caring for until you are ninety - but give this to your children anyway and quiz them on it! And write your own book because I want to read it." - Jim Comer

From your aunt Marguerite who wrote "My Memories" for her brothers, sisters, kids, grandkids.


Melissa even offered her hand-held recorder for dictation and transcription services, and found several websites like this one for folks trying to write their life story. So now we are all looking forward to see if anything comes of this, keeping our fingers crossed!


6 comments:

June said...

Hope he follows through. Even in my situation where there will be no future generations wondering...it's still therapeutic and enjoyable to reflect and reproduce. It sort of makes it feel real instead of being a shadow in the back of one's mind. Got a laugh over the ginko biloba...clever to have thought to do it!

dot said...

Sounds like a good idea if he will do it. Some of us in blogland would enjoy reading them too!
I so liked your purse yesterday that I went to ebay looking for them and forgot to comment. I love purses!

Linda_J said...

Well it looks like he certainly got enough encouragement from his entire family plus some friends as well. If he can't take a hint, request or whatever after all that, then he just plain does not want to do it. You all love those family stories now or he wouldn't tell them, right?

Pam said...

I'm looking forward to it as well! Loved the Christmas Letters. LOVED them!

Go, Buddy, Go!!!

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Kerri said...

What a great idea! I hope Buddy takes the cue. He certainly got enough encouragement from his dear family.
I hope your Christmas was a wonderful family celebration.
We're wishing you much joy and many blessings for 2009. (Ross enjoys your blog as much as I do) :)

Mimi said...

One of the neatest things I did sort of on a whim was an hour interview with my dad. Ironically it happened to be exactly one year to the day before he passed away. It is full of amazing stories and anecdotes.