Writing For Your Kids.
I can’t remember when my mother began filling a desk drawer with my ancestors’ handwritten receipts and letters, her own scribbled notes and old pictures, and other odds and ends to jog her memory, but I do remember that she considered the contents of that drawer our national treasure.
Roots 1818-1982. Struggles of our Ancestors & Trujillo’s First Settlers from Conejos to Archuleta County in Colorado, she titled the book when she finally assembled the contents onto the adhesive pages of a photo album. All this happened back in the day before anyone knew that this particular type of photo album is the worst thing ever invented when it comes to storing pictures. Thankfully, my sister Annette had the sense to scan the book to preserve the contents in their original form.
My mother wrote a very interesting story and we continue to refer to it whenever anyone needs to know when, why or how my family ended up fifteen miles south of Pagosa Springs, Colorado in a little hamlet called Trujillo, or how we’re related to the Martinez and Gomez families of Gobernador, New Mexico. And even if we don’t want to know anything and are simply reading it for pleasure, wherever we are, we can still hear her voice and see the twinkle in her eye when she makes us laugh. We treasure the memory.
The day will come when your children will want to read about their national treasure, too, in a way that only you can tell the story. Start collecting your artifacts and start writing today.