Think like a great-grandchild.

aliya_61510On April 1, our family welcomed our first granddaughter, Aliya. She is a lucky little girl with two big brothers, lots of cousins, four grandparents and five great-grandparents. With good health, her grandparents will likely become personalities in her life story, but reality is she won't likely be very acquainted with her great-grandparents.
I share this because I want to brag about her, sure. However, it also personalizes an important lesson in LifeCatching: think like a great-grandchild when collecting the stories of the family elders.
What, in the future, will be important for the small child to know about family history and heritage? Go beyond the family tree details of names and dates. Build a collection of stories of how the family came to settle in a certain place, of immigration, career decisions, health issues, and how trials were overcome. Before saying, everyone knows the story already, realize that the next generation may think they know the story. But if ask to recall the details, they are often fuzzy and imperfect.