– by Mary May Larmoyeux -When Carnegie Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, was razed back in 1964, Carl Martin picked up 16 limestone drums and loaded them into his truck. The Martin Family later donated those same drums to the Central Arkansas Library System. Then in 2009 they were placed outside the entrance of the Main Library.*
They stand there today, in their original formation of four columns (four drums per column). “If you had to buy those drums, they’d cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get,” said Dr. Bobby Roberts, the library system’s director back in 2009.
Well, who would have guessed in 1964 that 16 discarded drums, considered debris by most, would one day be prized treasures?
This story made me think of my legacy and reminds me of the importance of passing down the “pillars” of family history. I’m finally starting to write down the stories that portray the character, values, and faith of Pops’ and my grandkids’ forefathers. After all, I don’t want the “columns” of our family to be forgotten … buried in my mind for decades, if not forever.
A few years ago while at an out-of-town conference, I was reminded of how important it for grandparents and grandkids to connect—for older generations to share with younger ones their family history and values. While taking a shuttle from my hotel to the airport, the driver talked about his dad who is still living and a World War II survivor. And then he mentioned his grandfather: His dad never talked about him … and the shuttle driver never met his granddad.
Later, while awaiting my flight home, a young lady sat down beside me. She was traveling that day to join her family for her grandmother’s funeral. She said something like, “Wish I had know her … we only met once.”
If you have children at home, do they know their grandparents? Have they ever seen their grandparents’ high school yearbooks or asked about their spiritual beliefs?
If you are a grandparent, do you know your grandkids? Have you ever sat down besides them and asked about their friends … and shared about the friends you had growing up? If you live miles away, you can still connect by phone, text, Skype, etc.
One of my grandfathers wrote down his memoirs decades and decades ago. I am so grateful for it today. His written words are a treasure!
Did your grandparents share their legacy stories with you? If so, how?
And how are you passing on the stories of your life to your kids or grandkids?
One of the ideas in The Grandparent Connection is “Tell your grandchild the history of your family name. If you don’t know it, research the history together. You could ask older relatives and visit genealogy websites.”
Post © 2009, 2017 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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*The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 24, 2009
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