"Do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your children's children." ~Deuteronomy 4:9
Some of the events and stories really interested my sons, which made me wonder why I hadn't told them about some of those relatives, events or jobs before. From the stories and history of special relatives that my sons never got to meet; to jobs I had many years ago. Some stories surprised them while others even impressed.
It may be that my sons didn't realize that I had a life before being their mom; running a day care, and being on all the school groups and committees. Or maybe that I had skills outside of helping with a PTO bake sale, decorating for 'after-prom' or working a concession stand. More than likely, they just never thought about any of it before.
Because I think they assumed, which was my fault because I just had't taken the time to share what I saw as my 'everyday stories' with them. However, telling those stories brought the opportunity to dig up and share 'pictures from the past'. Which inspired not only great conversations; but also understanding and interest in those old pictures, our family history and even 'me'.
They actually thought I had had some interesting experiences. So I'm guessing (hoping) that I'm not just 'mom' anymore... right?! ;-)
"There's a world of wisdom in our personal stories. Your life is a legacy, a gift that only you can give. Why waste something so precious?" ~Dolly Berthelot www.mineyourmemories.com