o you ever wish you listened more closely to your grandmother when, during those summer weeks at the cottage, she would ramble on about things that didn’t interest you? You know, the ones like when she described how getting to the cottage meant taking a train from the city then catching a steamship to the island. Supplies were delivered once a week by steamship back then. Tall tales of fishing from the canoe in dresses with wooden fishing poles. You might even find yourself wishing you’d taken notes – written those stories down to share them with your kids or grandkids.
Create a cottage memoir book.
A Cottage Memoir book allows you to record your cottage memories in a beautiful coffee table photo book and leave them not only to your kids and grandkids but for generations to come. Your photo memory book captures family traditions that are precious to you and your family – like the first chilly swim every Victoria Day weekend or the annual canoe ride to pick blueberries on August weekends. (There’s always one person who falls in!)
Pull out your cottage photo albums.
Everything seems better at the cottage. There’s no rush to go anywhere. Food tastes better. Everyone has time to sit and engage in leisurely conversations at the dock, in the screened in porch or around the campfire. Stories are told, sometimes repeated every summer. Sometimes you remember them but often, you don’t. Start a Cottage Memoir that can sit on your coffee table at home and allows you and your family to relive those special moments.
Choose 5 old cottage photos.
Start simple. Pick 5 old black and white photos from before you were born – your mother as a child, playing on the beach; the annual sailing regatta; the first time your mother brought you father to the cottage. Sit with your mom and dad and ask them to tell you the story behind each photo. When was it taken? Where? Who is in it? What was the occasion? Each photo has a layer of stories behind it. One moment in time. You can save those moments. Don’t feel you have to cover everything that happened over the decades. Start simple.
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Choose 5 recent cottage photos.
Pick 5 photos that bring back recent fond cottage memories for you like jumping off the dock, fishing with your father or paddling the canoe with your cousins. Use these photos to jog your memory.
Write down the stories or…hire a Personal Historian
Make your own Cottage Memoir or, even simpler, hire a Personal Historian – someone who can help you gather your photos and stories. Ask yourself and your parents questions that help draw out those memories. A Personal Historian can also design a beautiful and memorable photo book that you can share with your family forever. Imagine the joy you’ll feel when you give a copy of your photo memory book to each child and grandchild!