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If it isn't scheduled, it doesn't get done.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

When my mother died, I got a lot of her papers, including my father's autobiography. In his family, it was customary to write a life story. Many of the earlier generations waited until they were over 60. My dad was under 25. He died before he was 55.

Reading his story made me want to add to it. After I wrote a small part, I asked my brother and sister for help. They told me it was my story to write because I have the best memory. My son read it and wanted more. That computer got replaced.

After a 2-yr hiatus, I grabbed a spiral notebook and started writing when I was 'in the mood.' I realized that parts of the story are in the first person creating natural chapter breaks. There is so much I want to include - his amazing brain, how he dealt with people, how he treated his family, things he did, his interests. Eventually I might have to condense 20 or 30 years into a moderate number of pages. However, the first step is to put everything in writing without filters or restrictions. Then go back and determine how to organize it. Finally will be the writing and rewriting before printing/publishing.

The most important thing, I've realized: if it isn't scheduled not much gets done.
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    Great to do this job fopr y our family
    18 days ago
    What a wonderful gift of family history to leave behind! I wish my family had done this. So many of the older generation are gone now, taking all those memories with them. I've tried recording what I remember from the stories my Dad told me, but when I showed it to two of his sisters even THEY couldn't disagree on the truth of the record!
    34 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    I found somewhat the same problem when my Dad passed. i gave the eulogy and my 3 sisters listened. I am glad as a daughter you took this important task on. Good job
    36 days ago
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