“The impulse to record, to collect, to store, and organize information is part of our nature as human beings.” — Alyce Scott
Neat quote, isn’t it? I’m taking a class from her this semester.
I’ve been thinking about the different ways we keep memories. We are all memory keepers, we just each have our own way of doing it.
Some of us scrapbook. Some of us use social media, some blog. Some use oral history.
I started thinking about this when Mr. P and I were visiting some college friends. It never fails when we are with this group — the same stories get told. I could use a checklist to tick off each one as it happens each time we see each other.
The thing is, telling and retelling stories is just another way of storing information, of keeping memories. In fact, keeping memories through oral history was the way things were done before us humans started writing things down.
Mr. P understands scrapbooking is my hobby and memory keeping is just something I have to do. I understand to sit back and smile when it’s time for his stories.
What about you? How do different people in your life keep their memories?