There will be a generation of important stories lost if we - don't think of giving the gift that will only give back to us.
I gave my grandfather, August Zentgraf, a gift that keeps giving back to me. The year he lived with Michael and I, I spent time with him specifically to write his story.
Morning after morning, he and I would go to my computer. He'd sit in the chair next to my desk and he would just begin to talk as I typed. Sometimes, I couldn't type fast enough because I'd be so caught up in his story with many questions about what he just said. All along the way, I'd ask him many questions because I never knew those things about him. I wanted detail. I'd say things like, "You're kidding? You did that?" or "Really? And, then what happened?"
That was a gift to him. I cared enough about him to know him - to learn from him and ask him questions. It was a gift to Grandfather and it's still a gift that keeps coming back to me.
Most older parents and grandparents appreciate when their children or grandchildren take an intereste in their past. Perhaps one reading this will cash in on this gift while they're still alive.
I'll never have that regret with Grandfather. I've shared some of his stories with my children and grandchildren. They would have been lost had I not taken that time.
So, may this be my gift to my readers - write that story! Go to that older one in your life and spend time with them and learn of them and write their story! You'll kick yourself if you don't!