Any kid will do: Be sure to ask youngsters what THEY remember!

April 5, 2018

 If you give a kid a camera, you're going to be surprised!


I was delighted to find this gem on my camera a few summers ago.  My dad's living room, shot from the sleeping loft.


Dad saves the Sunday comics all year -- on the shelf under that coffee table, and that's the hub around which my kids gravitate when we visit -- like moths to a flame. They remember the card games we play, the cloud shapes at the beach -- really, they have a completely different set of touch points.


Likewise, when you include kids in your remembering and your storytelling, you will be thrilled by the little details they see and remember that have passed you by!  They don't have to be your kids, either. Any kid that was there will have something great to share. Their path to the present has its own details!


My adult nephews and nieces have lots to add to family stories. Including youngsters in remembering will teach them the importance of memory, contribution, viewpoints, and sharing.  Try it, and be amazed!  And bring them along when you decide to start your family Oral History.



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