Storytelling and More

The other week I wrote about Pearl Harbor Day remembrances and included a little about my Japanese mother’s perspective of WWII from her Cherry Blossoms in Twilight book. It is always interesting to get a different perspective of a situation or event, which can be quite a learning experience and give us a more well-rounded view. While we listen to family or friends’ stories we might want to expand upon them by asking if their experiences were similar to that of others around them, and to describe other experiences or other viewpoints they knew of. Even with an insignificant event each person there can have a different take on what happened or come away with a different way of feeling or a different opinion, which makes it really fun when you have siblings together to discuss their early life in the family. An example of the benefit of asking questions about things outside one’s personal sphere is that I learned my dad’s housing situation when he was a little boy was quite unusual. I learned from my mother that it was common for children from poor families to only have a primary school education. By going a little beyond we can get a fuller picture, enrich the stories even more, and undoubtedly come up with even more questions. Having a lot of curiosity means you uncover more and more fascinating details, so dig in!

About moonbridgebooks

Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a WWII Japan memoir of her mother's childhood; author of Poems That Come to Mind, for caregivers of dementia patients; Co-author/Editor of Battlefield Doc, a medic's memoir of combat duty during the Korean War; life writing enthusiast; loves history and culture (especially Japan), poetry, and cats
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