This blog is especially for seniors like me who have many memories that may never be known by the younger generation. Here are some ideas:
Make a collage. My mother had a great sense of humor that she injected into sharing memories of “bloopers” and “outtakes.” In the 80’s she went through family photos, looking for ones that showed people being silly, caught unaware, and otherwise showing their funny side. She cut out faces and figures and collaged them on top of each other. This was one of the best gifts she left me when she passed. My sisters and I did our own collages of family or sometimes just one child, like this one of my daughter in her early years.
Make a flash drive. One of the best gifts my nephew Jack gave the family were scans he did of old family photos. He sorted and labeled them into files with our names and each of us got our own flash drive of memories.
Make a video. Jack also has transferred old Super 8 film and scanned other photos and gave them an appropriate soundtrack of country music (the favorite of many of my relatives.) I took an online digital storytelling course and created a video about playing in the black clay at my grandparent’s farm. https://www.wevideo.com/view/249706072
Make a scrapbook. Another favorite gift from my mom was presented to me on my 40th birthday. She had made a scrapbook with a collage and commentary for every decade of my life! How special!
Write your memoirs. This can be a lovely legacy from those of you who love to write. I have a tubful of stories and poems to someday turn into a self-published book.
Share on social media. (Only if this is comfortable for you!) My family members and I are scattered so sharing a photo or memory from the past—even sad ones—like the anniversary of a death, help us feel closer. I like to let the next generations know how we used to celebrate holidays and special occasions in the by-gone days.
My grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles are all gone and I find myself the “elder” of the family. Often I hold memories and information that younger generations might like to know.
So I share.
I know you have a lot to share, too!