Every family has its most cherished stories. There is that account of how mom and dad met. The early dreams for their children. Favorite stories of family traditions, holidays, childhood pets, homes, epic reunions. Differing versions of who did the most chores, you or your siblings. How the great grandparents came to America. How life has changed since grandma and grandpa were young. What the family believes is most important about life.
Losing a member of the older generation reminds us how important heritage stories are to our family identity. Someone will say, “I wish I could ask grandpa about how he became a….” That is where the new Chasing Fireflies resource come in. We want to help ensure that you and generations to come can relive major family events, funny and serious, as well as the simple moments that connect you as family.
We are calling these new tools Heritage2Legacy because stories are a way to influence future generations. Storytelling helps take the family heritage given to you, or which you began, and pushes that heritage forward toward legacy.
We wanted to help make it easier for your family to create and preserve these favorite stories. Examples of our new Heriage2Legacy resources include a theme, a featured book prompt, and an example of a print and audio memory based on the theme and/or book.
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Theme: LIBRARIES & BOOKS
Home library, favorite book as a child, someone who read to you
Featured Book Library Lion
Take this checklist to the library and gather several books that celebrate our theme. If Library Lion doesn’t inspire you, perhaps there is a book on this list that will prompt a memory that you can perserve for your children and/or grandchildren. Join our Chasing Fireflies Legacy Project. How? By writing down, or recording one simple moment (memory) at a time. Subscribe to our blog and join our family legacy journey!
“Love, Button” post
Launching our first of ten storytelling prompts. Mary Byrne Kline begins with a story from her past – one that involves a library, a disobedience, and a kind librarian.
Heritage2Legacy Podcast: A Magical Basement
Gil Moegerle shares his moment, his memory, about a grandfather and his magical basement.
Share one of the Five Senses of Fall:
Apples, picking apples, making apple pies – applesauce – apple butter!
Describe the sights, sounds, and smells of fall – especially if there is an apple scent involved!
Featured Book Applesauce Season
Do you remember inviting someone special to Thanksgiving dinner?
Or, perhaps there is a special home where the family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner each year.
If so, write about it and include a picture if possible.
Featured Book Cranberry Thanksgiving
Theme: My First Job
What was your first job? How did you get it?
Do you remember a specific memory about something that happened?
If so, write about it and include a picture when possible.
Featured Book Lemonade in Winter
“Love, Button” post: (coming)
Heritage2Legacy Podcast: Paper Routes & Jelly Doughnuts
Christmas is so full of stories – of memories – we are not focusing on just one aspects…we’ll leave you to choose. But just choose one and tell it in detail. Did you have a tradition before opening gifts?
The focus of our featured book by Carol Heyer?
They shall call His name… Jesus
Featured Book Humphrey’s First Christmas
Christmas Booklist (a checklist to take to the library)
Christmas Booklist with descriptions from Amazon.com
Mary Byrne Kline’s H2L post
Gil Moegerle’s Heritage2Legacy Podcast: Christmas Trains, Torments, & Treasures
Theme: WINTER FUN
What is a memory you have that involves playing in the snow? For those of you
who live in the south, perhaps you could describe the first time you saw snow.
If you have never seen snow – this is the year to create a new memory and write about it!
Winter Booklist (a checklist to take to the library)
Winter Booklist with descriptions from Amazon.com
Mary Byrne Kline’s print H2L example: Daddy’s Ice Skating Rink
Gil Moegerle’s Heritage2Legacy Podcast: A Perfect Wintry PA Day
SEVEN (coming – February)
A FREE Printable for You
CLICK HERE to download Heritage2Legacy gift tags. Write a note on the back and attach them to your books and storytelling treasures.