When Do I Record Their Stories?

I am often asked when people find out about my work, “When do I record their stories? Mom and Dad are relatively young. Should I wait or should I do it now?” My answer involves a crystal ball and The Amazing Kreskin http://www.amazingkreskin.com/. If I could look into the future like those who know how to use a crystal ball (allegedly) or The Amazing Kreskin (I used to like watching him on The Tonight Show when I was a kid), I would have a date in mind when a loved one should be interviewed for their LifeStories…but I don’t. Instead, my answer is, “Now.” My answer comes from experience.

On two occasions I was hired to capture and preserve a loved one’s LifeStories on video. The Pre-Interview meeting (http://tinyurl.com/6yeu9od) went well. During the time between the Pre-Interview meeting and the filmed interview itself, however, in both cases, the interviewees had a stroke. We were able to conduct the interview, but in both cases, the interviewee was “not the same person” she was before. Both memory and speech quality were effected by the stroke. When can we predict a stroke…or other illnesses…or even death?

Even if, and especially if, your loved ones are young and healthy, now is the time to capture their stories!

In the next few weeks, I will be sharing some hints on how to accomplish this yourself. Stay tuned.

If I Live To Be 100

I was given as a gift an incredible book, If I Live To Be 100, Lessons from the Centenarians by Neeah Ellis, by my friend, Stephanie at Mosak Advertising & Insights http://www.mosak.com/mosak/ . In the work that I do, I’ve had the joy of capturing the LifeStories of two centenarians; one was a lady in El Paso who was 103, the other a lady in Austin who was 100. This book does a great job of not only telling some of the stories of this incredible group of people, but also gives you an insight of what it’s like on the interviewer’s side of the microphone (and what a joy it is!).

I remember hearing on NPR (National Public Radio) a clip of one of the ladies Neeah interviewed. The 100+ year old giggled as she described one of the secrets to her healthy long life. She  said, a bit timid and embarrassed by the answer to come, “Early in the morning, if the weather is good enough, I walk outside my cabin to the lagoon go skinny dipping.” Neeah then asked, “Aren’t you worried that someone will see you?” She answered, still giggling, “At my age, I don’t think anyone would want to.” 

You will learn from this book the joys and struggles of living so long. After reading it, I look forward to living to be a healthy, happy, and a bit fiesty 100+ year old guy. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have.