I have three brothers spread around the Americas: South Carolina, Northern California, and Ecuador. Some or all of us are united each year in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina for a fall fishing trip. This has been a tradition since Jen’s and my honeymoon 36 years ago when we went north and my three brothers went south.
This year my brother in Ecuador sent two of his sons whom we had not seen for 15 years to meet us in SC. We spent three days together getting to know each other, but what they really wanted to hear were stories about what my older brothers were like growing up, especially their dad, who is 10 years older than me. Some of them were about Christmas traditions I never knew about, or remembered. We all had a great time hearing family stories, some disputed by the other brothers, of course!
However, the important point was the reminiscing and the bond we shared with another generation of our family. If you get together with family this year, I encourage you to make time to reminisce and share your “old stories” with the kids and grandkids. They’ll be blessed by the stories they hear.
Rob Strode, elder