Your life story will share your love. In the not-so-distant past, families may only have been separated by a few neighborhood blocks or acres. Today separation may be by states and countries. With a more transient society and constant bombardment from the media (TV seems to monopolize many family gatherings), you may feel that you just don’t have quality time to share with your loved ones anymore.

Recording memories is a lasting way to ensure future generations know what was truly important to you. Tell them that you love them—on paper so it will be there for them for years to come. Tell them your hopes for their future. Tell them what you feel is truly important about your family’s beliefs. Tell them what must endure. Help them remember—from your own words.