from Paula Stuart WarrenÂ
Several months ago, I told my daughter a story about an experience back when I was in second grade. She is in her 30s and just looked at me and said â€œHow can you remember that stuff? I canâ€™t remember what I had for lunch yesterday!â€
The day before I had lunch with six childhood friends from grade school and we spent part of our two-hour lunch reminiscing. It seems that each of us brings up a different memory from the good olâ€™ days and our particular memory of that situation adds to the story. At times, one or another of us doesnâ€™t remember the story or situation that the others remember.
These situations struck me as a good lesson in memory. Think about the oral history passed down in your family. This is the time of year for many family holiday celebrations. Start a conversation or two about great-grandma or some other relative or town and be prepared to learn a lot–in various versions. There just might be some research clues in those conversations.
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