With Many Thanks
By Nancy Ann
First of all, a big Thank You to all of you who stopped by my booth at the Little Log House show in Hastings on the last weekend of July. It is one of my favorite shows to do and I love visiting with those who attend year after year and meeting new people.
Thank you to those who purchased my books and for all of the kind words and compliments about my Home Fire trilogy. I truly do appreciate your interest and support!
While I do miss writing about Sarah, Henry, and their growing family, I am excited to put a concentrated effort into the With All Due Respect project. (One of my 2015 goals!) The only way this project will work is if I stay on top of it and make it work. I must say that the rewards have been great in the sense that I have been able to speak with so many seniors and listen to their stories and experiences of what it was like growing up in the United States in a time that is so very different than what it is today. It’s fun to see their eyes twinkle as they think back and tell me of fond times from their youth, and it’s amazing, and humbling, to hear about their efforts, dedication, and devotion that they had (and still have) to their beloved country, the United States of America.
These are some of the strongest and most integrity-filled people that I have ever met. We should all be very grateful to them. Whether they were living a life in the military, farming at home, or a child during the depression, our seniors lived through some times that I don’t think a child of today’s U.S.A. could even fathom. It would be good to get these accounts of early American life recorded and preserved.
Please consider helping with the With All Due Respect project by reaching out to the seniors in your life and encouraging them to share a story (or ten!) with us. Offer to type up their story for them and send it in. Sit with them and ask if it’s okay that you record your conversations so that you can write their stories down for them. Let them read what you’ve written and give their stamp of approval.
We aren’t looking for deep, prying events from their lives, but rather, just how it was in their everyday life growing up in the United States of America. It would be a shame to not have these memories preserved so that they may be shared with future generations.