Everyone loves a good love story. And Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to think about love stories as you write your memoir!
Perhaps you have your own great love story to tell. And don’t forget to include other sweet love stories handed down through your family. How did your parents first meet? Where did your aunt and uncle go on their first date? What surprising gifts did they exchange as they were courting?
Love isn’t reserved exclusively for humans, either. Perhaps there was a special animal in your life that you’ve loved. Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, horse, or rabbit, how did that special companion arrive in your life? What do you most remember about your time together?
Here are a few of the sweetest love stories I’ve ever heard:
* When Mark and Lynette tied the knot, the Depression was raging and Mark had no money to buy her a gold wedding ring. So as he said “I do,” he slipped a handmade paper ring around her finger. Sixty years later, Lynette still kept that paper wedding band tucked away in her jewelry box.
* Rachel first met Tom in high school, and they kept up a correspondence for four years after he graduated and left town. Tom proposed to Rachel in a letter, and she was thrilled to write back ‘yes.’ Remembering Tom’s thick, dark hair from high school, Rachel bought him a silver-backed brush and comb as a wedding gift. But when she stepped off the train to be married, she discovered Tom was now bald!
* Jacko was a cast-away parrot. Her owner of fifteen years somehow got tired of caring for a bird. He gave Jacko away to a very nice lady — who already had too many parrots on her hands. For months and months, the lady tried her best to find Jacko a good home, with no luck. One day a man stopped by on a simple errand, and the lady insisted he meet Jacko. “No way!” he said. But Jacko stepped up on the man’s hand, leaned her little head against his chest, and – love blossomed. Jacko had found her forever home.
What love stories do you have to tell?? This Valentine’s Day, jot down some notes and add a love story to your memoir!