There are particular events in an author’s life when they are invited to do something really special. This happened to me in the autumn of 2015.
The two books shown above are tribute pieces. The gentlemen who told me their life stories are now gone. However, their youthful tales will live on in the “When Boys Were Men – Life In The Woods” series.
I learned two valuable lessons from listening to the stories of Si King in Book One of When Boys Were Men and Jack Chambers in Book Two.
First, it is worth making any effort to be an active listener to our loved ones, asking them questions to stir their memories from the dust. Then, write it down. Time passes so quickly and once they are gone — the memories are gone as well.
Both men never hesitated to share not only their successes and their failures. What I realized was how trusted I was to have them share such intimate details with me. Yet, it wasn’t solely for me. It was for them as well. Neither man was ready to die, yet they stared it in the face with quiet dignity. What they held in common was the desire to be remembered and the desire to be assured that their time on earth held value. They were hardworking, humble men who tried to finish out their lives in the best way they knew how – by sharing their lessons learned with those they loved.
So, if you have the opportunity or can make the opportunity to do this for your elderly or terminally-ill family members, please do so. You will have no regrets.
A special thanks to Sarah Johnson for the amazing covers. How does she do this?