“Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket. Save it for a rainy day” ~ lyrics written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss
I’ve been thinking a lot about family history stories lately since I am writing one.
Through the process I’ve come to understand the importance of saving ephmeral things. Out of all of the material things one could hang onto sentimental mementos may be the most valuable. For those who become heirs of such objects (old journals, postcards and photographs) sometimes they lead us to wanting to know more. The back stories behind people’s collections potentially lead to other riveting information.
Once our relatives are gone, we realize with even greater magnification the importance of those stars who have been at the center of our universe. Souvenirs and keepsakes may aid in mapping out information about the character, culture and heritage of a country’s people or a deceased generation. So catch a falling star before it’s too late and ask your relatives the important questions about their lives and your heritage. Write it down!