Celebrating Memories Lasts More than a Lifetime
Who doesn’t love a good story? And face it, our moms’ and grandmothers’ stories are our stories too. The trouble is that we don’t always know them. Moms are usually so busy that they don’t share their own stories with their children. This year, why not celebrate Mother’s Day with memories?
You can give the women you love the gift of preserving memories and stories. Flowers, candy, and perfume are lovely, but Mother’s Day is the perfect time to give a gift that lasts more than a lifetime. What do we really want more than to know and remember the women who are important to us—our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, best friends? Don’t allow those stories to be lost forever.
Anyone who has lost a parent knows how precious their memories and stories are. If your mom or your grandmothers are still alive, this Mother’s Day is the perfect time to let them know that you care about their memories and want to capture them forever. If they are not, a great way to honor their memory is to seek out the people who know pieces of their stories, and record those for yourself and your children or nieces and nephews.
It’s also a great way to honor your friendships and relationships with all the special women in your life. Here we offer some easy ideas for celebrating the important women in your life by preserving their memories.
How Can We Celebrate Mother’s Day with Memories?
Fortunately, many people are in the business of preserving memories, so there is plenty of advice available online about good ways to approach a project like this. And, of course, technology provides us with a lot of options. Here are some great ways to celebrate the women you love with memories:
- You can audio record or video record your mom, grandma or sister as they tell their stories.
- You can ask them to write down their significant memories. Many websites offer prompts, providing great ideas about topics to cover and questions to ask.
Family Search has some valuable tips and encouraging stories about capturing loved ones’ thoughts and memories. Their #52stories project recommends tackling one question per week, and they provide a series of questions on different topics. Here are a few of the questions they ask: What is your earliest memory of feeling proud of yourself—at school, in sports, in art or music, in a club or scouting? What are some of the ways that you and your mother are alike—physical traits, temperament, personality, talents, interests? What are some of the most momentous events in your life that have shaped you into the person you are today?
You can read the article here, and find the link to more questions to pursue as you seek to preserve your mom or grandma’s stories:
I wonder what it was like for my grandma to work day in and day out in their small-town café, with five young children at home. I wish I knew more about great-grandpa’s experiences in the war. I’d really like to ask my mom about her relationship with her father.
If you don’t have time to embark on a project like this with the favorite woman in your life, Storyworth is a service that will work with her to get her to write or record one story each week. At the end they produce a keepsake book for all of the stories. You can get more information about their service here:
Celebrating Memories for the Really Ambitious
If you’re really ambitious and want to honor your mom or grandmother on Mother’s Day, you might consider collecting and organizing family photos and keepsakes as part of your memory preservation.
- See if you can get your mom, grandmother, other family members and friends to contribute stories to accompany some of the photos.
- One possibility is to collect stories and photos into a slideshow on PowerPoint. This is a fantastic way to bring stories to life for younger generations.
For guidance about gathering and organizing photos and keepsakes, you can read our Organize Old Family Photos blog post. And to get an idea of the value of telling these stories accompanied by visuals, check out Ralph’s stories about Trips to Grandma’s House.
Our parents’ and grandparents’ stories are a gift. This Mother’s Day, give your family the gift of understanding and preserving your collective history. Happy Mother’s Day to all our favorite women! Do you have a favorite way of sharing memories with your loved ones? Let us know in the comments below.