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    How Will We Be Remembered? by Maria
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  • Published: Jun 28th, 2007

My husband’s family lives in Minnesota. We don’t see them often, but when we do it’s a time to reminisce.  Out come the old photos and letters and postcards.  My mother-in-law has letters from her family that were written at the turn of the century.  Some of these letters are written by children while on vacation to other family members back home.  These letters are filled with details about their travels, what they did during the day, what the weather was, oh just about anything and everything.

It got me thinking – I don’t write letters anymore.  I did, once upon a time – but now, with phones and text messaging and the ubiquitous e-mail, why write a letter.  Even my parents are connected to the www, and I phone them at least three times a week.  I never get a letter in the mail box, only bills, samples and promotions.  So it begs the question – how will we be remembered?

The letters written by people before the modern age of technology tell a story about them, their lives, their hardships, their triumphs.  They paint a picture of what life was like for that individual.  Will our children and grandchildren remember us by the e-mails that are stored on our zip drives and back-ups?  What personal stories will we leave behind?

4 Responses to “How Will We Be Remembered? by Maria”

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  1. kim
    on Jun 28th, 2007
    @ 6:08 am

    Oh wow! Now that is some food for thought, Maria. Everything about us is stored electronically anymore. Our letters, our photos, our home movies. What will be left of us? One nasty virus and everything will be erased! YIKES.

  2. Maggie Robinson
    on Jun 28th, 2007
    @ 9:09 am

    It’s kind of ironic that even though we live in the “information age,” so much of it is wrong or hard to access. But I think even from the earliest oral histories and carving in stone, things have never been quite accurate. I’m hoping when my kids tell their kids about me, they’ll knock off twenty pounds and make me a best-selling writer! Maybe I’ll start a fake diary right now.

    Seriously, one thing my husband really regrets is that his mother threw all of his father’s letters away. Personal letters and diaries hold such fascination for both of us. It’s odd to think one day anthropologists will be studying blogs.

  3. KeiraSoleore
    on Jun 28th, 2007
    @ 11:16 am

    I love to write letters. I still have some correspondence in handwritten letters exchanged with much older relatives and one with a friend just because both of us love to send and receive letters.

    Blogs and e-mails do tell similar stories, too. In fact, I would say, that these are far more informative of the current age because it’s not just the impression of two people. An entire groups responds to the same question. So a variety of thoughts and impressions come to the fore.

  4. Buffie
    on Jun 28th, 2007
    @ 11:31 am

    I believe that my family will remember me by the scrapbooks I keep. Not only the pictures in the books, but by my own handwriting journaling what was happening in our lives at the time of the pictures. I have several letters from my grandparents that I treasure. But the thing I probably treasure most are the stories of my grandmother’s childhood written in her own hand, about that one room red school house. She even wrote down several of the poems and songs she learned in that little school. That is my treasure!

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