It was a warm sunny day. My young family was outside enjoying the golden daffodils and the brilliant display of colorful tulips while listening to the breeze ruffle the leaves of swaying trees. Suddenly the wind blew harder and dark clouds rolled in.
First a light sprinkle turned into a shower, then it poured. We quickly gathered our things and headed for shelter. Why do we run from the very thing that sustains us?
Whenever there is a severe drought nobody runs from the rain. On the contrary, they call everyone they know, they stand looking up at the sky as the rain falls on their relieved and happy faces. they soak it all up, wading in it, walking in it and laughing in it. But that day… That day we ran like the dickens!
While watching it rain from the inside looking out I often think of how lush and brilliant the foliage will grow with a real good watering. My thoughts shift to episodes in my life that indicated personal growth, achievements and goal met. then I say, I have to take the time to write this down.
It’s important to record notable events in the life of each family member and review them from time to time. Putting it all down in a family history log preserves history for the generations to come. But attainments is not all that should make the history books. There are sunny days and cloudy days, droughts and surprise showers. There times when you’re stooping lower to dig deeper and reach higher and many life lessons learned along the way. Best of all a lot of laughter and spontaneous fun. These times deserve to be recorded as well.
Having Fun With Family History
And speaking of family history logs It’s always best to keep a log, journal or blog of your family life including genealogy, personal achievements, contributions to the community as well as general life growing up. But family history does not always have to be cut-and-dry.
Add some life to it by including some funny photos of baby in a bath full of soap suds or the toddler frantically chasing bubbles in the park. Include silly pranks like dumping water on dads head while sleeping on the porch or baby’s first attempt to feed himself while making a complete mess of what was a perfectly prepared spaghetti dinner.
Add some light anecdotal stories from family interviews and include some excerpts from humorous text messages to and from family members. Step back in time to yesteryear and take a stroll on the funny side of life. Collect bridesmaids dresses and tux worn over the years.
Describe the dances and dress characteristic of the times. Record the days the kids decided to take over the kitchen and make dinner? Record those secret shower serenades when the bather didn’t think anyone was listening. There’s nothing like viewing photo stories and videos of failed attempts at inventions, recipes and art compared to the look of glee when after many attempts they finally succeed.
Presenting Your History At Family Reunions
What could be a better venue to present family history then at your family reunions. While family reunions often feature traditional activities such as picnics, recipe swaps, outside games, digging deep into family history and sharing it in an organized meaningful can be exciting. But good intentions are often met with distractions and a genealogy presentation project is often left undone.
Often the problem is time and delegation. Genealogy projects are often the last-minute item on the events agenda and with all the time and effort it takes to prepare a reunion the mental stamina the event planner needs is expended on the event itself. To put together a truly engaging genealogy presentation first find someone early in the event planning stages to carry out the tasks of collecting photo and video documentation, as well as making copies of journals written. The next thing needed is a goal, some organizing and inspiration.
There are a number of approaches to recording history and family life. Photos, video, slide-shows, audio, journals and more. Why not combine them all and create a 15 to 20 minute documentary complete with narration and soundtrack. these would be a hit at the next family reunion.
There are a few Family Reunion Planning web apps that guide you through the process of throwing a successful and enriching genealogy themed family reunion. Complete with online tools that help you do your genealogy research and worksheets that help you present your family genealogy records presentation style, you’ll have your family reunion event planned, organized and ready to manage in no time.
Take time to look at popular documentaries on entertainment personalities and prominent contributors to literature, science, medicine and entertainment. You’re boud to find inspiration and direction for your family history documentary and presentations. “Hey, looks like the suns coming out. Everyone back outside And bring the video camera!”