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The cub scouts surrounded me the moment I walked in the door. Talking over one another like giddy hens they couldn’t wait to tell me everything they’d learned.

What could possibly have them so excited?

They had been given one assignment: Find a story about an ancestor you’d like to share with the Pack.

Well, believe me, they had found their stories and they couldn’t wait to share. One cub had even drawn a “family tree dragon.” (Picture is fuzzy, but you get the idea.) Those boys filled the night with story and they loved every minute of it.

My grand daughters were hanging on every word. I could hardly catch my breath. As soon as I’d finish up one story they’d ask for another.

What could possibly have them so excited?

They had made one simple request: Tell us about an ancestor who used to live here.

Fortunately we were driving through a state where they had a lot of ancestors. Every hill and valley conjured up another story I could share. They loved every minute of it. Even after I had assumed they would grow tired of the game, they asked for more. Even after they were out of the car and ready for bed, they asked for more.

What do these random boys and girls have in common?

From a very young age we are hard-wired to want to know about the people we come from.  The more we know, the more we self-identify with the characteristics, traits, and experiences of our ancestors. We develop deeper understandings of who we are once we come to know more about whom we come from.

It’s never too early to start telling and hearing family story.

Have you told your kids the stories of their ancestors? Do you know the stories of yours? What can you do today to start hearing and sharing the stories of the people you come from?For ideas to help you, check out our Heritage How To story starter.

Last modified on Monday, 29 September 2014 02:49
Teresa Clark

A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.

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