Recently I heard someone say that not only are we descendents we are also ancestors. I had to think about that for a minute when I first heard it before I understood what the speaker was saying. We are the ancestors to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all of those who will come after us.
I know how much I treasure little snippets of the past like letters that Dad wrote to Mom when they were dating, an aunt’s diary from when she was a child, recipes that my grandma used with little hand written notes on them. I have to believe that my descendents will be interested in similar snippets of my life one day.
Becky has a great post on her blog called Seasonality about this topic. I agree with Becky and Susan Albert in believing that we all have a story to tell, and that there is someone, somewhere, sometime who will treasure those stories.
Do something special for your descendents and write your own stories. It can be as simple as a few pages about your favorite teacher or best friend, or an entire book about your life. Whatever you write, believe that your words will be treasured and that you are giving someone an opportunity to know you better. What a wonderful gift!