Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tell Me a Story




When I have a book celebration giveaway the way I am now for my July release Love Comes Home (it will be sneaking in stores very soon), I sometimes ask readers and friends to share a story with me when they send in their entries. It's not necessary to enter, but it's fun. This time I asked for Homecoming or family stories since Love Comes Home starts with WW II ending and the boys coming home.  

The story I'm sharing forward with you today is one from Brenda that points out something we all should keep in mind. We need to take time to share our stories with our families and listen to the stories our older family members have to tell. I so miss Mom being able to tell me the stories of back when she was a kid or when she first got married, but I am blessed that I did get her to tell me many of those stories before she lost those long ago memories. 

The old memories were the last to go, so we had a few years where I would get her to talk about them while we were waiting at doctors' offices or other quiet moments together. What a treasure those memories were to her and me too. Without them, I might never have written Angel Sister and the Rosey Corner stories that follow it up, Small Town Girl and now Love Comes Home

These days, we all seem to be so busy with all the electronic gadgets that can entertain us. But sometimes those electronic gadgets lose power and we have to come up with the old ways to entertain ourselves. That's what Brenda and her family did during one of those times. Her story below shows how sharing those family stories can make for new treasured memories. Here's her story.

One of the great memories I have is when a few years ago we had a huge snow storm and the electricity was out for 6 days. There was 6 of us in the house (husband, me, son, daughter, and three grandsons) as my daughter had MS and was bed bound. It was so cold, and we couldn't go anywhere to wait it out since my daughter couldn't be moved very easily. So we bundled up and sat around the living room and told true stories of days from the past....when the boys were little....when their mother was young....how my husband and I met and got married. The boys loved it, and still talk about it.  We lost my daughter 3 years ago, as she returned to the Lord, and are still raising our grandsons who are all teenagers now. That is one snow storm we will never forget. 



Thank you, Brenda, for sharing your story with us. Maybe we all need a snowstorm to make us lose that electric power now and again so that we can celebrate those special things that connect us and make us family.

Do you like hearing your family stories? 

Remember, you can still enter my giveaway if you haven't already thrown your name in the hat. Details on my website events page. Plus, remember I have the blog only giveaway too where I'm picking five winners to get your choice of one of my books. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on one of my blog posts here in June (with a way to contact you). Each comment on a new post here before the end of June gets your name in the hat again. That gives you more chance to win. If you're in the USA or Canada, you can win a paper copy. If you live overseas, then you can win an e-book. Must be 18 to enter.

I'm the real winner when I get your comments. Love hearing what you have to say.

14 comments:

  1. This story reminds me of a time my parents were visiting us from out of state. We were all huddled in a basement room during a tornado warning. The power was out. We sat around a table with a camping lantern and my dad shared stories of all the unusual jobs he had worked during the Depression era. We have fond memories of that time, and our kids (now adults) often refer to hearing Grandpa's stories.

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    1. We need to have more story-thons in our families, Grace. Glad you got to have one, but sorry it was because of a tornado warning. Sounds as if it made for good memories anyway.

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  2. Thank you for sharing Brenda' story Ann! With two sets of loving grandparents of very different backgrounds (Dad worked and lived in Africa, Mum worked), I thought all kiddies listened to tales of days gone by. The day I realized it was not so, I felt 10 ft tall...There was such a wealth of information and a good dose of wisdom in those stories! I carefully stored each in my heart and share it still with my children (including a whole lot of humour which they find outrageous at times).
    Love is a many splendoured thing, is it not?
    God bless,

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  3. My children love hearing stories whether they're my retelling of stories from my parents/grandparents or just my own experiences and memories. For some reason the most requested stories are the birth experiences for each of my kids. I'm grateful that many of the family stories have been recorded for future generations to enjoy, especially since we've lost my grandparents in the past few years. At least their stories and experiences will continue to live on. Now I need to do better at recording my own stories instead of relying on my memory! thimbleluvr@hotmail.com

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    1. My grandkids love for their daddy to tell them their birth stories too. I guess it's good to know how loved you were at the very beginning of your life. It is such a treasure to have family stories written down or recorded. And you're right that you need to record or write yours down too, Amy.

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  4. I was fortunate enough to have grandparents who told me stories. So many of them still resonate with me.

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    1. It's good to know our family past and to get to know our grandparents how they were when they were younger. I didn't have storytelling grandparents, but my husband had one grandfather that loved to tell stories. Thanks for stopping by Annette. Let me know how I can contact you if you want to have your name in the drawings.

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  5. It's truly a great blessing when we get to share our stories with our family. Not only did the younger ones enjoy hearing our stories during this time, it moved them to share some of their own experiences with school and friends. We can learn from every generation of story tellers. Thanks for sharing the story.

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    1. It is good to hear the kids' stories too because they have such a different perspective on life sometimes, Brenda. I do appreciate you letting me share your story forward. It's got others remembering their stories too.

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  6. I enjoyed Brenda's story as well as your personal experiences with your mother. I often wish we had had my father write down his stories of the history of the home in which we grew up. A quiet man, he would often open up at Sunday dinner after church. I now live with my son and his 4 children, and I try to share as much as possible with the children. We have a rich family history that is fascinating to the children. I'm thinking I should write it down...Judy

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    1. Hi, Judy. So glad you enjoyed reading Brenda's story. We miss the stories when we can no longer hear them. I'm sure you are a blessing to your grandchildren as you share your family history. You should definitely write it down or record it. Maybe one of your grandchildren could make a video of your stories. Thanks for stopping by to comment. If you want to enter the drawings, you'll have to let me know a way to contact you should you win.

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  7. One of my dad's story I remember was when he said one of his sister's was always complaining about never getting a big Christmas gift. Well, he got tired of hearing her say that and found a big box, filled it with other boxes and paper in each, then sllpped a brick in too. He said she was mad at him but never made that complaint again. Not when he was around anyway. I said shame on you daddy, but we all had to laugh. A lot of our funny stories happened when we were all gathered around our table for meals. Maxie

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    1. That was mean of your dad, Maxie, but then that's how brothers and sisters are sometimes. I'm sure she laughed about it later in life or spent a lot of time figuring how to get back at him. Sharing meal time is a great way to make a family closer and a good time for those stories. Always good to have you drop by, Maxie. And I do know how to contact you so I'll throw your name in my drawing hat.

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  8. Hi Ann, I am sorry that you no longer get to hear those stories from your mom, but know you are blessed with the times you did get to hear those stories and a blessing for us that from those memories we get to read the Rosey Corner series! My mom is 87 and her current memory is diminishing but her memory of the past is very strong. I cherish our times of talking about the good ole days. Just tonight we sat on her patio reliving the past. Too, too precious! Blessings, Linda McFarland
    dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

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