Going through a flea market with my 14 year old, we came across a table with rotary phones.
My son was fascinated with these relics. He picked one up, fumbled with it for a moment, then asked me in utter confusion, "What is this thing?"
Me, feeling very old: "It's a phone."
Him, looking at me like I am crazy: "But....it doesn't have any buttons!"
I then proceeded to tell him about what those phones were like and how this newfangled thing called "Call Waiting" was invented and....well, it became a day full of stories.
My daughter (20) told me that when she took Driver's Ed she told the instructor all about how car phones used to have to be wired into the frame of the car to work. The instructor was amazed. "How do you know that?" he asked. Her answer was that her mom told her! (See? Kiddos do listen.)
Your stories are history. One day your kids will be the ones telling the stories. Maybe they'll even share your stories.
Wouldn't that be awesome?
L. Shay Bradham is a Legacy Planner and a Family History Preservationist in the Boston area.
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