A drawing of a single tulip is the only thing I have that was created by my mother. She won a prize in the Beautiful Oldham competition at the age of eight for painting that tulip, the only prize she ever won, as far as I know; but then again, what do I know? I only know that she was still proud of that little painting when she died, aged 92. From my father, I have nothing except the cap he wore and the pipe he smoked; nothing in writing at all. Of course, we have some photographs, fading now and the memories in our heads, also fading. When my generation is no more, the traces of my parents will vanish like the mist.
For myself, I have created a memoir, Memories of a Hollinwood Childhood in an effort to preserve at least some of the memories I have of the family and characters who peopled my early years. I was determined that those who come after will at least have some notion of what their lives and times were like. From my book of poems, they may come to understand what kind of a person I have been.
Perhaps you feel that your life hasn’t been interesting enough to write about? Well, I urge you to think again. As Mark Twain so eloquently put it, ‘A man’s experiences of life are a book. There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest exterior, there is drama, comedy, and a tragedy.’
Your written legacy is certainly a gift of words, but also, a gift of the hours you spend creating it. Not only will you reach out across the miles to family and friends far away, but also across time, to future generations who will come after you. What more precious a legacy could they receive from you? It is without price.
Whether you include poems from your heart, stories from your memory or the philosophy by which you have lived, they will value each word as it shows them the person you are and how life has been for you. Why not make today the day you begin to write your legacy? What greater gift can we leave to our descendants than the benefit of our experience and the wisdom that comes from a life well lived? It may just help them to make sense of their world.
When you have your stories, how best to preserve them? Digital storage is constantly evolving. Who now remembers the floppy disk? Surely the best way to keep a permanent record is to turn your writing into a book that your family can treasure forever. Spellbrooktale offers the Pen-a-Tale book creation package to do just that. From your writings, we will create a wonderful book that you, and they, can be proud of.
Header image: ‘Arabella’s first visit’