There are more than a few books on the market to help people capture living stories. Usually, these books focus on common questions, such as who was your best friend in grade school or how did you meet your spouse? These books come in all different shapes and size. Some focus on telling our own stories and others on gathering the stories of our living relatives. Some focus more on the genealogies we posses and others on a collection of life stories. Each has a purpose meant to inspire and assist in capturing those stories. Now there is a new book on the market inspired by grandparents, Stories from my Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild.
One thing I really enjoyed is how the author didn’t just ask the usual questions. Instead, Susan Adcox tried to make the question more interesting. Instead of what is your favorite or least favorite food, Adcox coaches the Grandparent to fill in the space provide with a prompt like,”Children were commonly expected to clean their plates, which could be a problem for me when these foods were on my plate.” Here are a few more examples:
- “In our classroom, we had real chalkboards. We had spelling bees and go-to-the-board drills, but no computers. Here’ what I remember about my first classroom and how we learned.”
- “One year I received a birthday present that I’ll never forget:
- “I learned a lot about myself the first time I lived on my own, away form my family”
Perhaps one of greatest advantages this book has over others is its thoughtful binding. The book was bound hardback but with a metal comb binding on the inside. This means the book will sit nicely on a shelf yet is very easy to open and write in. When I chatted with Leland Meitzler about this book he expressed his immediate approval. In fact, he indicated that he was going to buy and fill out three copies, one for each grandchild. An excellent gift idea for handing down a true family history heirloom.
This book really tries to make the storytelling process as easy and fun as possible.
Copies of Stories from my Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild. are all available for all grandparents from Family Roots Publishing.