October Theme: Family Traditions

October's focus is on family traditions.  We are asked regularly from people all across the world what Mitchell liked to do, so this Seasonal Series is designed to help share some of his favorite things in hopes of giving you ideas for your own family.

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Letters To My Son: Part 2 of 5

The second installment of this series focuses on a mother's journey to heal.

Storytelling With Mitchell's Journey

Learn an exciting new way of storytelling with your family.

3 Fun Traditions Mitchell Loved

Enjoy three fun traditions that started because of little Mitch.


October Essays

October's essays will focus on family traditions that made a difference in our lives.  We'll also explore some difficulties surrounding grief and emotional recovery.

 

  • Happy Halloween [posted] - Mitchell's last Halloween and what he taught us about the value of giving.
  • On Trouble & Discouragement [posted] - A look at the difference between trouble and discouragement.
  • A Not-So-Ordinary Treasure [posted] - An unexpected discovery of something Mitch left behind stirs feelings of a little grief and a lot of gratitude.
  • Audio Interviews: A Timeless Tradition [posted] - Tips on capturing youthful moments before they vanish. (see below)
  • The Magic of Storytelling [posted] - An introduction to the Storytelling series.
  • The Collateral of Loss [posted] - A look at the unintended benefits of loss. 

New October Essays


Audio Interviews: A Timeless Family Tradition

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One family tradition you might consider is interviewing your children (at any age). 

Ask them questions and record their responses with your cell phone.  Even if your children are teenagers, you'll be surprised how the sound of their voice, the nature of their thoughts, and their personalities change as time goes by. 

The trouble is we often say to ourselves, "Oh, yeah, I'll do that someday." We forget that someday slips into many days, weeks, months and years.  Before we know it, we've missed a chance to do that thing in the moment.

There is a theory in psychology called change blindness - which blindness occurs when we're so close to incremental change we no longer discern change. 

We most often become aware (sometimes painfully) of change blindness when we watch a home movie or listen to an audio recording of our children and become aghast over how much the sound of their voice changed between that recording and now. Recognizing the change between then and now, we often wish we recorded more during those times. 

Here is an example of an interview I had with Wyatt when he was quite young, well past his bedtime.  In this moonlit conversation, he gives me counsel on how to manage monsters.  It is an adorable snapshot of the mind of a child and their tender thoughts on matters of importance.

 

I promise, you'll never regret recording interviews because as time passes, memories fade.

Memories are gold.

 
 
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