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Everybody’s Got a Story!

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The boomer years was a fabulous time to grow up. We all have terrific experiences and wonderful stories to tell. Indeed, many of the boomers who write to us say they would like some day to put their stories on paper, but.... But what?


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We get letters... we get lots and lots of letters..... Perhaps one of the biggest kicks we get out of BBHQ comes from the stories we receive from other boomers. Our “When I Was a Kid... ” section offers short, verbal “pictures” of what it was like... when boomers were kids.

But in this case, a picture cannot tell a story. Only a story can tell a story. The boomer years was a fabulous time to grow up. We all have terrific experiences and wonderful stories to tell. Indeed, many of the boomers who write to us say they would like some day to put their stories on paper, but....

But what?

My father died when I was a teenager; my mother, over a decade ago. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I knew more about them, what they felt and believed, how they delt with issues when they were my age. Not a single day.

Last Christmas, my sister gave me a diary that my dad kept during the war. He made an entry nearly every day between Saturday, June 10, 1942 and Thursday, January 4, 1945. The real surprising part is that my mother and sister had this diary in their possession for over 30 years... and I never knew about it. But that’s another story. Anyway, it is a wonderful memoir of the war as my father lived it, and a priceless piece of our family history.

There is a small problem with the translation, however. My father was a doctor; and you know what they say about their handwriting. My father got an A in every class in medical school, including doctors’ penmanship. Apparently my sister and my mom tried for 30 years to read it, and never got past page three. If you can make sense out of any of this, please let me know; I have 142 other pages with which I desperately need help.

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