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June 21, 2014

Without the past, there is no present

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But no one will ever know if we don’t keep those words, treasured for posterity. Parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, special friends — whatever role you may play in a child’s life, I urge you: Write down your thoughts. Keep a diary or a journal. If not every day, occasionally. Fill out one of those special “grandparent” books specifically designed for you to leave an account of your life on paper. Tell your story to the young ones. 
Yours may be words that they can look back on and smile. They may be words that bring tears or disturb them. They may be words that reveal how human you are — and shine a light on aspects of those reading that they may never have seen before.
I got all of those reactions out of reading my grandfather’s diaries, and I’m so glad that I did.
The past is important; without it, there is no present. Make sure your present is there to become the past for those who come after you.
 
CHRIS HARRIS is a staff writer at the Commonwealth Journal. Reach him at: charris@somerset-kentucky.com.

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