Writing for pleasure is growing ever more popular, particularly among the elderly with time on their hands. How to preserve those literary efforts for posterity? Digital technology and therefore storage methods are constantly evolving. Who can now remember floppy discs? Surely the best way to preserve today’s literary treasures for future generations to enjoy, is to place them inside a beautiful book.
Whether it’s a fictional story, a memoir of an important time, or even a collection of poems, such a unique book would make a wonderful gift for any family to treasure forever and then to pass on to descendants.
A drawing of a single tulip is the only thing I have that was created by my mother. She won a prize in the Beautiful Oldham competition at the age of eight for painting that tulip, the only prize she ever won, as far as I know; but then again, what do I know? I only know that she was still proud of that little painting when she died, aged 92. From my father, I have nothing except the cap he wore and the pipe he smoked; nothing at all in writing. Of course, we have some photographs, fading now and the memories in our heads, also fading. When my generation is no more, the traces of my parents will vanish like the mist.
Perhaps you feel that your life hasn’t been interesting enough to write about? Well, I urge you to think again. As Mark Twain so eloquently put it, ‘A man’s experiences of life are a book. There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest exterior there is drama, comedy, and a tragedy.’
Your written legacy is not just a gift of words, but also a gift of the hours you spend creating it. Not only will you reach out across the miles to family and friends far away, but also across time, to future generations who will come after you. What more precious a legacy could they receive from you? It is without price.
Whether you include poems from your heart, stories from your memory or the philosophy by which you have lived, they will value each word as it shows them the person you are and how life has been for you. Why not make today the day you begin to write your legacy? What greater gift can we leave to our descendants than the benefit of our experience and the wisdom that comes from a life well lived? It may just help them to make sense of their own world.
When you have your stories, Pen-a-Tale will create a wonderful book that you, and they, can be proud of.