Imagine a book filled with stories about you, as told by your family and friends. Ok, yes, it could turn scary but it would definitely be one to keep. Stories of where you’ve been, people you’ve met and some of the crazy, daft, amazing things you’ve got up to.
It would work perfectly for an 18th or 21st. Well, any special birthday. Or wedding anniversary?
I am doing one for my Father in Law, John, at the moment.
At 92, he’s a good man with a mischievous glint in his eye – which you sometimes still get a glimpse of ;-) His days are quieter now but it wasn’t always that way. His life is full of stories; living through WW2, travelling the world with his job and Europe with his family, enjoying the finer things in life and definitely playing hard. Back in the day, lets just say he wasn’t afraid to break a few rules.
Sat with family he loves to tell the old stories and a few years ago I started scribbling them down, with a plan to type them up so they could be re-told to the great-grandchildren.
Unfortunately those notes were ignored for a long time and John’s memory is not quite as bright but I picked those scribbles back up in Lockdown 2 and over Zoom all the family have been retelling the stories, filling in the gaps and adding more details – amidst plenty of giggles.
So, as I write this we have 50 typed up stories, from delivering Spitfires, to being chased up the M1 and meeting Princess Diana. All ready to be put into a little ‘memory lane’ of pages, an A5 size book which will be created with the help of Kim at local Northampton printers KallKwik .
Like the idea for someone?
Then drop me a message so we can chat. Before you do though, here’s a few things to think about, (1) what might the title of the book be, (2) is it just you telling the stories or do you want a group of ‘story tellers’, the more people the more variety of stories, (3) will it be you editing and collating them or me and (4) do you want to include some photos?
You know where I am!