Our in person Three Fold Legacy Workshops are on hold for now but will return as soon as it is safe to gather again.
THE ENDANGERED STORIES ACT IN ACTION!
“Grandpa used to tell such wonderful stories. I wish I’d paid more attention or recorded them. Now they’re gone. and I can't get them back.” I created The Endangered Stories Act after hearing that sad lament one too many times.
These stories of our families and friends area great source of wealth. They enrich our lives. They make us more fully known to each other. The loss of these stories, just like the loss of habitat or the disappearance of an endangered species makes us poorer.
I enjoy asking folks to share with me memorable stories about a special gift that they have either given or received. One young woman, a waitress in a local coffee shop, offered this tale, and I've never forgotten it.
The family had fallen on hard times. Her father had literally been run over by a truck and had not been able to work for several years. Christmas was approaching and her grandmother was sad because she had no money for gifts. Then she realized that she had something that she very much did want to, and could give. She offered this Granddaughter three days alone together during which time she gave the gift of her life story. She told of things that she had not spoken of for many years. She told these stories to this granddaughter because she had been the one who had in the past asked and shown interest. With tears in her eyes, this fortunate young woman said that this was absolutely the best gift she had ever received.
I hope The Endangered Stories Act inspires you to ask for and to tell stories. Some people use it as a tool to encourage reluctant elders in the families to "spill the beans." Hand them a copy, note the official language and remind them... It's the Law!
And if YOU are one of those elders, do I need remind YOU? Here's an assignment. Tell a younger member of the family something that you've never told them about you before. When we give this assignment to our students, asking them to ask for those stories, they tell us it's one of the best homework they've ever had!