A Gift of Legacy For Children or Grandchildren

When our grandson was born I was newly moved by the concept of family lines, generations reaching backward and forward, and the need for him to know from whence he came. So I created a piece I thought a little kid could relate to and love –  a picture book about our family.

grandchildbkp1Here’s the first page. It reads: Every little boy comes from two different sides. Each one fills his heart with pride.

The book continues in rhyming verse to say that one side isn’t better than the other, they’re just different and this is the side passed down from his mother.

I wanted to share a fact about each person in our immediate family: my husband, me, and each of our three daughters, one of who is his mother.

grandchildbkp3The next images are these two. First a baby picture of his grandfather, whom he calls “G,” (aka my husband) with this verse:

Your story begins with your loving “G.”

Here’s what he looked like when he was just wee.

 

With the current photo, it reads:

If someday you are handy with tools,

It’s G who passed that along and it’s cool.

My goal was to help him understand the continuity of family. We’re young once, just like he is, and we grew up, just as he will. Plus, each of us has unique traits or talents or skills and I wrote about one of those for each person too.

The format for the rest of the book was the same, a baby photo, a current photo, and a fun fact. I used an online photo book site to format it and have it printed. It wasn’t inexpensive but it was worth every penny.

I began reading it to him when he was about one. He still loves it, a few years later. It’s one of the best gifts I could imagine giving him. If you have a child or a grandchild, I hope you’ll consider making a legacy book. It does take some time but it will be a labor of love.

Or, if you’d like information about having me create one for your family, please email me, dcc120652@gmail.com. I’d be honored to help you give this stunning gift to someone you love.

5 Responses to “A Gift of Legacy For Children or Grandchildren

  • Wow, what a great idea to make a legacy book. Certainly a gift for a child to look back on decades later.
    And I love he call your husband ‘G’. My younger brother is a step grandfather and didn’t want to be called grandpa. In the Jewish faith, grandfather is called ‘zaidy’. Although my husband’s wife, nor kids is of the Jewish faith, my brother chose to be call ‘Zed’. I thought that was cool and so do the kids. 🙂

  • Love the idea of a legacy book. I dedicated my first book to my son (who’s now 25) because many of the stories are about my childhood and stories of him as a child. I wish my parents would write down stories from their own childhoods – that would be a great gift to me.

    • It would be a priceless gift, you are so right. It’s why I’m encouraging parents and grandparents to do exactly that.

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