At a recent Wednesday morning Tea & Chat the conversation centred for a short time on stories that Parents and Grandparents hadn’t been willing to talk about openly, but once shared, were inspiring, amazing, and worthy of being recorded somewhere, somehow. Stories of their struggles during the war, either as fighters or those left at home to manage, acts of great courage in a time when certain topics and subjects weren’t openly discussed, acknowledged or even legal. Is there a family story you wish had been shared, recorded even, so that others could hear and learn from it? What about you, do you have a story that needs to be told?
Anyone over the age of 60 has lived through tumultuous times of change, you only need to visit a local museum to see items that were part of our childhood now form the ‘History’ section! We have lived through the time of Moon landings, England winning the World Cup, miniskirts, the first mobile phone, personal computers, ready meals (not just fish & chips!), creation of Health & Safety, debit cards, the internet and even cars that park themselves! When we share that, in the mid 1970’s, you changed a computer programme with a long length of tape and then had to load another tape to take it back to the first programme – and yes, there were only 2 programmes – it seems impossible to believe, unless you were there, of course! It’s good that museums are keeping some of these memories alive through exhibits, as behind each object lies a story, just as within each person lies a tale - a tale of how we got from where we started, to where we’ve ended up. Tales that are full of lessons, learnt and unlearnt; those good and not so good choices that have been made; once in a lifetime experience’s when every minute has been enjoyed, or slightly sadder tales of roads not taken, relationship issues not resolved. Is there anyone in your life right now, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or friend who has a story that’s worth holding onto, then perhaps today would be a good day to begin to make notes, start a recording, because if you think it intriguing, inspiring, then you can bet your bottom dollar others will too.