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A Thanksgiving to Remember

Make memories to cherish over the holiday

Capturing video over the holidays of your family talking about their past is a great way to hold on to memories.

A hard lesson to learn is that as you and your relatives get older, those treasured stories and precious memories from their childhood begin to fade away with them. By recording them and their stories, you can hold onto those memories forever.

Just grabbing a phone or video camera and sitting down with your grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, whoever, and recording what they have to say about their life can have tremendous value. Since I’m biased and I go to film school, that’s my favorite method of documentation. Have them sit somewhere comfortable for a little while and have it be a kind of documentary. Older people love to share their stories and experiences, so organizing that most likely won’t be a challenge. A simple question like, “What was life like for you when you were my age?” can be the set up to be a goldmine of information. For more interesting questions to ask click here.

A lot of kids act like it’s not cool to learn about your family history and heritage, but as you get older you realize how fascinating it can be. You learn about history through the personal lens of being a descendant of that person, so it’s not just some boring textbook. Hearing what your loved one has to say can make you appreciate what you have in the moment, and bring you closer together. I’ve personally gotten so much inspiration for writing from digging into my family history a little bit, and if it spurs you to get creative and make a movie out of it, well, there’s another plus!

There’s no pressure to make a big thing out of it either. I personally plan on making a documentary out of my grandma’s story while I’m over for Thanksgiving, but I’m only sharing it with my family. No Cannes Film Festival for me! You can write down, draw, or listen to what your loved one’s story is without feeling the need to share it with the world. But hey, if you do want to share, then storing these memories is exactly how you create that artistic project.

It’s a fact that our relatives aren’t going to stick around forever. Why not take a holiday like Thanksgiving, when you see them, to take a moment to ask them about their life? You’ll probably find out all sorts of stuff about them you never knew about, all while grower closer as a family.

 

By Inti Navia, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago

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Written by Inti Navia

I love nerding out over Star Wars, Gravity Falls, and Lord of the Rings. I'm an introvert with a never ending appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy media.

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