Thursday, July 5, 2007

Why Write Now?

My blog is titled, Write Now, and there is a good reason for that, but it's probably not what you think. I guess it has a double meaning. Perhaps I should explain. I'm a writer so Write Now makes sense right? Well, the reason my blog is named Write Now has little to do with my writing career and a lot to do with you.

My father gave me two tattered notebooks full of letters he wrote during the war. They had sat on a shelf for more than 50 years. And when he shared them with me, it not only changed our relationship, it made me contemplate history. I'm not talking about the history you learned about in your 10th grade history class-I'm talking about the history that sits across the table from you at Christmas dinner. We all have a relative (or ten) who has a story for every occasion.

You know the one-it's Aunt Emma who rode the Oregon Trail. It's Grandpa Burt who fought in World War II. You may have grown up hearing the stories-maybe even rolled your eyes behind their back. But now Grandpa Burt and Aunt Emma are gone and all the stories went with them.

And that's what this site is about. While I create history by writing here, I hope to also encourage you to begin to treasure your own history before it's gone. This is not a, "someday" site. This site is about taking the time you have today to sit down with a relative and instead of relying on memory (that's a scary thought), writing it down. It doesn't have to be fancy-it doesn't even have to be in person. What's important is that you get it written down. What's important is that you, Write Now!

In future posts I will cover subjects related to family history. Of course, I'll also keep writing my musings that will be interspersed inbetween. If there is some specific subject you would like me to write about as it relates to family history, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

In the future, you can find my posts on family history by looking for the, "Write Now-..." on the title line.

-Karen

1 comment:

lwlehmer said...

Sounds great Karen. Good luck to you on your family history project. -- Larry Lehmer, http://whenwordsmatter.typepad.com