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    These silver knives line up with pride (despite their nicks and dents) in their flatware chests, protected by the aged flannel liner. Monogrammed with paternal grandparents' initials, they serve as a family tribute dating more than 100 years. If only they could tell their stories...

    Though they may lose appreciation through the next generation, their stories and all of the present and future ones beg preservation and 'passing on'. Are all of our stories worth telling? Only the future will determine the answers, but if they are not documented, there will be no record from which to make that evaluation. There are so many ways to tell our stories these days - make it a part of your ritual! Naples, FL

    1. Carol (vanhookc) 105 months ago | reply

      Excellent. My dad has done so much of this. I have stories upon stories. We should insist on getting these from our families - maybe to the point of sitting down with paper and pen...and recording them!

    2. rosipaw 105 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful picture, but even more beautiful stories! I really loved what you wrote here and it made me stop and reflect on the idea of 'passing on'. I have collected my dad's family stories and histories and actually published a book on them. I learned so much while doing it. It is so important to document these stories somehow - and these days we have so many means to do it, as you said!

    3. kayaker1204 104 months ago | reply

      Love the perspective of this shot- both the story and the photo!

    4. Cheryl Harvey 104 months ago | reply

      They look very distinguished rather like old soldiers.

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