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I read your post "Definition fo a Memoir, Good Question". You opened my eyes to something I had never realized about my desire to write. I had only envisioned the benefits to be the fact that future generations would be able to get a glimpse of the past and some of my decendants might enjoy getting to know a relative they had never met as I have from loose leaf diaries and shoe boxes full of saved letters home. Not once did it come to mind the benifits that I would reap myself as I write them. I never realized the power this would have to help me get aquainted with the me I am today and how I got here. I hadn't given a thought to how that could help me answer so many questions and move on with more hope and peace than I had before I journeyed into those thoughts that stuck in my head. Also in reading others momoirs I have become quite aware that although we have many differences, we have some very important things in common. Reading the writings of others prompts me to focus more on the things we have in common and opens the door for me to get to know people I would have never gotten to know before. I really believe this group will grow beyond your wildest dreams. You touched on a need we have. Thanks so much Abigail.
Mike, I wish my relatives would have left something for me to read about them. I hear stories, but would have liked to know them from first hand information. I have pictures of some of relatives and I have no idea who they are or what there thoughts were, or the incidents of their days. So many questions and no one to answer them. Only one older relative left and he lives in California. When I visit him, I write constantly of his past experiences, it is so very interesting. I am sorry, I don't have my mother to ask questions of, she was a walking, talking history book on relatives and I didn't take advantage of the situation. Write now so your future generations will know you. Diane