Memories can be both fun and hard - maybe even hurtful. Soetimes we do need the screaming so we can get to the laughter. I have had two memorial services this week with families getting together and sharing. It was interesting to observe who was sharing, how it got others to share and to see the tears and the laughter.
Some of the interesting stories were when at least two of the people, and sometimes more, had a different perspective of what happened. Once again it was also interesting to observe when the "older" one started a trend or when a younger one "got away" with something. There were also the a few stories where parents hadn't known what grandkids were allowed to do - "what happens at Grandma's stays at Grandma's." At which point it was good to hear the laughter.
One suggestion was made that makes a lot of sense. It would seem to be a good idea to be sharing the memories BEFORE the family is called together for the memorial service. It would be wonderful to have the memories, the sharing, the laughter and maybe even the tears while all the generations are able to do the sharing together. Something to think about for the next holiday celebration........