This is one of those times that we step outside our usual box. I’m a member of a wonderful, supportive group of 50+ year old bloggers and we’re blog-hopping starting today with a common thread — our maturity. There should be lots of interesting posts and, as I write, I’m curious what the others will want to share with us all. I can’t wait to find out! I hope you will check them out too.
As for me, I’ve done a bit of soul searching. At this stage of my life, why blog? I’ve come up with a lot of positives, including:
- It keeps me young as my mind soaks up so much new information. I love learning and that’s what this — a learning experience.
- It gives me a place to explore my creativity. I’m always looking for a new project, a new way to cook a dish, or something new to photograph or write about.
- It gives me precious time and collaboration with Sara, my partner and my daughter. Seeing things through her young eyes keeps me open to new styles and foods and ideas.
- I never expected this, but blogging has opened up a whole new world of friendships. What a pleasant surprise!
- It’s fun. I’m having a blast!
But, here’s the thing. This has only recently occurred to me. This blog can be my legacy. It is like writing a journal, only so much more.
Family is of the utmost importance to me — the ones still here with me and the ones I’ve lost. This blog gives me the opportunity to preserve, for future generations, recipes, and traditions and details on treasured belongings. I think what’s even more important is the opportunity to preserve the history of those whose sacrifices made it possible for us all to be creating traditions or treasuring those belongings, and just living life!
As I write this, my family celebrates the donation of my Daddy’s WWII original company history to the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The details are mind-boggling, tear-jerking, and surprisingly, sometimes even humorous. Notably, there are details about the battle on Okinawa, where Private Desmond Doss saved 75 men — all the while remaining unarmed due to his religious convictions. My Daddy was there! A book was written many years ago and Daddy figures somewhat prominently in the book, the unlikeliest HERO,
and a number of years later in the documentary, The Conscientious Objector. That story was well-known by a few, but is about to be blown wide open for the world to know. The movie, Hacksaw Ridge, is due out in theaters November 4th, and has received outstanding reviews in film festivals. We can’t wait to see it. We don’t know if Daddy’s name or character will be mentioned, but in our hearts, we know that he was there, and played an important role.
I don’t mean to be boastful, but I am proud. Our entire family is proud. And it just makes me think about using this wonderful tool available to us all — the internet, the world wide web — to document our stories.
I hope you will think about what an opportunity you have to do the same for your own family. Are we just leaving our old family cookbooks and pictures in a closet for our children to sort through after we’re gone? Let’s do better than that.
Let’s take advantage of the opportunities, whether it’s in a blog, or an on-line journal, or even a catalogue of old recipes and photos. We can leave these important memories and traditions more accessible for our children and our grandchildren and their grandchildren.
I can’t help but thinking they will one day want to know about us — what memories we held dear and sacrifices that were made on all our behalves, and even how we had fun!
Maybe one day my grandchildren and their children will wonder about where a family tradition came from, or why a food is cooked a certain way, or where that old brown bowl came from.
I hope that they will be able to go back to Biscuits & Burlap and use that as a source to answer those questions. And just maybe, as my blogging friend, Jemma, of At Home with Jemma said — maybe they will think their grandmother (and Aunt Sara) were pretty cool after all.
Please consider creating your own electronic legacy. Generations to come will thank you. I have so much more I want to preserve for future generations, but for now, I’ve come this far. They’re here for all to enjoy, and there will be more to come. Sign up here to be notified when new posts come on-line.