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An article by Tom Gilbert - copyright © July 24, 2017
How do you celebrate special events?
It is a common practice to create a social event around a birthday, anniversary or reunion. Think about it.
It starts early on with your birthday. Parents, family and friends gather around a cake lit with birthday candles. They sing to you and then present gifts and cards. You, the birthday celebrant, are the center of attention. And that attention usually creates strong memories, hopefully happy ones.
There are those times when maybe you didn't get what you wanted (pout) or somebody couldn't be there (disapointment). And some of us don't want to celebrate when we get advanced in years (I still do!).
Anniversaries are often special
times. If you've been married a number of years you know the
accomplishment and challenge of staying together. It really requires a
partnership. Anniversaries can also mark various occasions, some
special (such as sobriety years) and others somber (tragedies like
Our lives are a journey and along the way are many experiences that can be important in our quest to find meaning and pass along life lessons and values. This is part of what is so exciting to me about life story preservation.
So the next time you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or reunion think about how you can preserve memories of the special occasion. It's important for you and those who are celebrating. And it could be special for generations to come who get insight into your life and times.
Everybody has a story to tell!