“The most important things are the hardest to say......and you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear.” ~ Stephen King.
One of my fears as a teacher of memoir writing is that time when I may fail to recognize the significance of someone's story. It can be scary to reach deep inside and share part of ourselves. A box of Kleenex remains on the table - even a happy memory may bring tears. So why do we cherish and write down our past? For me, the reason is simple. It is a recognition of who I am today and who I will be tomorrow. The stories of my life, my whole life, are still unfolding. The horrors of diseases like Alzheimer's that rob us of memories bring home this point. Listen to your life, listen with respect to the lives of your friends. And make new stories every day. - Beth Almond Ford