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DECEMBER 2013 WEB MESSAGE – GIVING
It’s nearly Christmas. A time when we gather with friends and family and give gifts that say, “I love you.”
This year, let’s give each other the gift of our time and our stories. Nothing brings you closer to someone than to hear them tell about experiences they remember. So, I’m going to share a family story as my present to you.
My mother, whom a lot of you know, was an only child for the first 7 years of her life. She was very loved, very cute and a great performer. Her mother encouraged her talent for song from a very early age and everyone was pleased – especially Mom.
Now, Uncle Bill was an experienced politician and knew a crowd-gatherer when he saw one. He took Mama with him on the campaign trail and stood her up on a high place. She would start to sing (think of Shirley Temple) and Uncle Bill would then work the crowd to get and give opinions and promises.
One day, a spectator yelled to Mama as she finished her song, “Are you a Democrat or Republican?” She put her hands on her hips and told him very emphatically, “I’m a Gazette!” Uncle Bill told that story to me many, many years later laughing all the time. “She’s still a crowd gatherer”, he would say because he still loved her.
Uncle Bill won that county judge race, and his nephew, in the family tradition, later became Governor of Arkansas, then a Senator in Washington. I don’t think Mama had anything to do with getting Dale elected, but she sure drew a crowd for Uncle Bill.
Don’t forget to share your family stories with new generations. They are a vital part of your heritage.
Questers RESTORE! Questers PRESERVE! Questers COLLECT! Questers SHARE!
Notices & Reminders:
What If ?
You had to start each day with no memory, record or treasure of the past ?
Historians neglected to educate the public ?
Adults failed to interest younger generations in the past ?
No one ever challenged the research of historians ?