I've always loved hearing the Storycorps interviews on NPR. Now, there's an app you can download on your phone to record an interview with anyone. This Thanksgiving, Storycorps is especially encouraging high school students to interview someone in an older generation and preserve their memories. You can submit the interview to Storycorps and NPR, and it will be stored in the Library of Congress.
So David sat down with his grandma last weekend, and they talked through many of the interview questions. He has about thirty minutes of her sharing her memories. I haven't listened to it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it--maybe on our drive home this weekend.
David and I are sad that our girls are still so young that they won't be able to remember their Grandma Peppa (though Zuzu might--her little brain is kind of uncanny with recall sometimes...), so it means a lot to us that we have this keepsake, and that someday the girls will get to hear her tell them about her life. I like to think of it as a way for her stories to live on in them. I wish I had something similar for all of my grandparents--what a gift!
So if you are getting together with family this weekend, put the app on your phone, pull up some interview questions, and record a conversation with someone you love.
Emily Dickinson wrote, "Unable are the loved to die / For love is immortality."
I think she's absolutely right, but I also like the idea of capturing some of that love in a conversation that will last forever.