Alas, I don't have any grandparents left. My English granddad once made a tape for a history class I had at school about his experiences during his twenties, and what was interesting about what he said was less that he had been in the Second World War than that he had 'dated a girl who worked in a Guinness factory whose hair was as glossy as a chestnut.' It was all those lovely personal details that made his past spring to life for me and our class.
Alas, in these frantic times, while we are racing around bringing up kids and commuting to work we might forget what it important: to record family history, to delve into our parents' lives for posterity, for history, and just for fun. For if we don't record the lives of our parents (and our kids' grandparents) now, then all too soon all the important details of their lives might be lost forever.
That's why I was thrilled to find the beautifully illustrated For My Grandchild memory book published by the lovely people at Fill and Tell. The book is designed for grandparents to share the story of their lives with their grandchildren. Each chapter focuses on a different time of life, so grandparents can share memories of their own childhood and upbringing as well as stories about their grandchild’s parents and the mischief they got up to when they were young. I loved that it included chapters on all manner of things like: How my parents met, When I was little, On the dinner, Household chores as well as Falling in love and Having our children.
For My Grandchild is a high quality, spiral bound book that makes a wonderful gift – either buy it for grandparents to fill in with all the intriguing and quirky details from their lives or alternatively, grandparents can buy it as a gift for their grandchild. It costs £24.99 and shipping worldwide can be arranged directly through Fill and Tell.