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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Preserving the Pillars of Family History

Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

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When Carnegie Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, was razed almost 50 years ago, Carl Martin picked up 16 limestone drums and loaded them into his pickup truck. According to the January 24, 2009, issue of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 45 years later, those same 16 drums are back in their original formation of four columns (four drums per column).

They now proudly stand in front of the Main Library in Little Rock because the Martin family donated them to the library. “If you had to buy those drums, Bobby Roberts (the library system’s director) said, “they’d cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get.”

Well, who would have guessed in 1964 that 16 discarded drums (considered debris by most) would one day be prized treasures?

This story made me think of my legacy and reminds me of the importance of passing down the “pillars” of family history. When I think of my dad, for example, I think of a man of integrity. “When you write a check, Mary,” he told me as a teenager, “it’s a promise that the money is in the bank.”

And Pop’s dad, who was an officer in World War II, was carrying rations in a metal box when he stepped on a land mine. Although the explosion shattered his leg, he lived—thanks, in part to the metal box. Servant-leadership takes on a whole new meaning when I think of this.

Then I think of the story of Pops becoming a Christian, both of our sons’ premature births, my days as a child on “the farm,” … I could go on and on.

I need to write down the stories that portray the character, values, and faith of our grandkids’ forefathers. After all, I don’t want the “columns” of our family to be forgotten ... buried in my mind for decades, if not forever.

A good friend of mine, Karen Jordan, has a blog, Blessed Journal. I love her story "The Treasure." She shares about the difference that one Sunday school teacher made in her life. (Karen and I do a workshop together called “Capturing Your Story.”)

What "columns" hold your family together? One day the family stories we capture will be priceless treasures for a generation we will never see.

Have a great week!

Article © 2009 Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Karen Jordan said...

Amen! I hope your readers will consider your encouragement to write their faith and family stories. And I pray they will experience the power of their own legacy stories. Blessings! kj

Anonymous said...

What a great piece. I cherish my “Treasure Box” which was an empty antique music box that belonged to my mother. The grandchildren know what is in it.Occasionally we go through it together and look at the pictures and letters drawn and written by my children and grand children.

And now, I am gathering over 600 slides of the family to put on DVD’s so the children can see their parents as little ones. It is like reliving those wonderful, tiring but happy days with the children growing from infants into young adults. Weren’t we busy?

Blessings, Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Rita, I love how you are using an antique music box as a "treasure box." It's a great reminder for us grandparents to show our grandchildren old pictures and letters and help them connect to their heritage.