Tell me, Dad

Children who hear plenty of stories about their close ancestors, parents, uncles, grand-parents and great-grand-parents can build a family history, partly legend, partly true. With its own myths, secrets and embellished memories. Sharing with our children the beauty and the struggles of our forebears gives them a sense of belonging, a solid place in the world, and an understanding of their own identity. A nursery rhyme that our mother used to recite, our father’s favorite joke, the chicken recipe from our grand-mother, our native language, the colors of our country of origin, our grand-father’s watch, the songs from our childhood, that special way to cut the bread or prepare a fireplace, traditions, objects, all this helps us to package the past so that we can live a more meaningful present. Even when our family has been visited by tragic events, we can rewrite our story, letting our children know about the survival and resilience of their ancestors. We are narrative creatures, we love storytelling. May our children be part of the main story, the story of their own family.

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