“Write for You”Life Stories, LLCKathy Evans, Author and Owner
Top twelve Reasons for you (or your parents) to write a life story12. In a world where everything changes, print endures. Kathy Evans, Owner and Author of Write for You Since 2001
11. It’s the only way to time travel to the past: YOUR past. “...I came bursting through the side door one day after school and found a bunch of men sitting at the dining room table with my dad. I sneaked around to the kitchen and my mother said, “Those are the Shelton Boys.” They wanted to strike a deal with him so he’d leave them alone, but Dad wouldn’t do deals with anybody, not even gangsters, and his integrity somehow impressed them. Bernie Shelton was a snake and killed people on a regular basis, but he knew my dad was an honest sheriff and somehow he respected that.”
10. It lets your children and grandchildren know relatives they never met. “If Papa went into a confectioner to buy me an ice cream cone, he came out with a cone for me and another for the dirty little boy on the street corner selling newspapers.”
9. People can go on trips with you long after you’re home.“‘Until you discard all labels andpreconditioning, India will notreveal herself...Look beyond thepoverty, the heat, and the dust tothe spirit of the people. What is itthat has enabled them to endurewhen so many other civilizationshave crumbled?’ --Indira GandhiThis wonderful quote should begiven to each and every travelerwho visits India, or any part ofthe world in its vicinity. Had Iread it before arriving, it wouldnot have taken me so long tounderstand and accept what Iwas experiencing...”
8. It is an act of generosity toward the future.
7. It’s a chance to share old family recipes.“I learned a valuable thing about refrigerationfrom my pilot on the bombing missions we flewfrom Tinian: If you have rations you’d like toeat chilled, like canned peaches, you just takethem up with you, and when you get back, theywill be as cool as can be. Quite refreshing whenyou’re living in the tropics.”
6. It connects your family with where they came from.
5. It brings important photos, stories, articles, and documents into one place.“... If anybody would kiss the ground out of patriotism it would bemy mother. She did not appreciate antiques. She had started a newlife in America and everything had to be new. Mom often woreslacks when I was older and she had modern ideas. She was kindand caring and outspoken, and everyone loved her. My parentswere not outwardly affectionate, but I think they had a greatrelationship.”
4. It allows you to share what you value.“Charlie served hiscountry withoutquestion, and all thewhile I worried. I cryeasily anyway, and ifyou look at his littleminesweeper boat youcan see it was noprotection at all. Iknew his chances ofmaking it through theWar safely were veryslim.”
3. It can be instructive.“...I went down to introduce myself to themen. They fell out in squad formation, threelines, and I stood in front. It was September24, 1945. I was 22, brand new to the 2ndArmored Division and to combat, andsuddenly I was in command. Some of thesemen had gone through North Africa, Sicily,England, and onto the Continent right afterD-Day. All battle-hardened and seasonedsoldiers, and I was completely green.I looked up and down the lines, took a deepbreath and said, “My name is LieutenantMunie and I’m your new platoon commander.Now let’s have a moment of silence while weall ask ourselves who gives a damn.”
2. If you don’t tell your story, no one else will. No one else CAN. “‘Gammy’ was a Scotch Baptist, short and feisty. When I was very young she regularly dragged me with her to her storefront church near the Vandeventer train station, right around the corner between a pawn shop and a mattress shop. They had folding chairs but people didn’t use them much because they were jumping to their feet all the time. The minister hollered at the top of his lungs, “We are all sinners!” or “We do not deserve the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!” or “Jesus is ready for you, but are you ready for Jesus?” The people jumped up and shouted, “Yes Lord!” and “Amen!” As a child I preferred the Holy Rollers, maybe because of the banjo and drums, and the shouting just went along with it. I was in awe of their passion and energy, and I thrived on the music. Christianity has so many different paths, but give me the shoutin’ over the
1. Truth can be more compelling than fiction.“...We were supposed to have a week ofrest, but as it turned out, we stayed onlya couple of days. I spent my birthday onguard duty, walking around alone allnight with my loaded rifle and dreamingof home.That was my single mosthomesick moment of the whole War.Don’t tell the other guys, but I cried.”