I LOVE TO LISTEN TO STORIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE TOLD BY THE OLDER GENERATION. WE LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT LIFE BY LISTENING TO THESE WISE HUMAN BEINGS TALK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH.

Stories

Most of us have grown up hearing stories about how our parents met. We’ve heard our parents talk about hurricanes they’ve been through and disastrous vacations.

The stories of others have helped me learn about life. They have taught me about adversity and how a family can survive difficult times.

I can sit for hours and listen to my relatives. They bring life to my Cuban past and I relish these special stories that help keep my Cuban traditions alive.

She and my mother would tell me stories about their childhood, often times sharing incidents my mother had forgotten.

Today we live life in a rush and families live far apart. Friendships are hard to hold onto when careers move us to different parts of the country. Work, television, iPods, iPads, and computers have changed our lives as well. Unimportant schedules and activities are stealing our lives and we’re losing precious time. We are so busy that we are missing beautiful sunsets and all those things that make life worth living.

It is essential that parents spend time with their children. The bridge of understanding and love cannot be built by “someday.” Someday your child will be gone and the opportunity to share experiences with them will be gone too. Those daily insignificant talks and what some adults consider “unproductive time” are the basis for your relationships with your children.

Stories transcend time and distance and give depth and meaning to family time. Family is all about memories and love. You need to make time for your children.

Generations from now, one of your stories might bring to life the happiness you’re sharing with your family today.

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