Another note from Catherine:
I loved this article. Makes me want to hear a few more family stories. Anybody want to share a good family story? Hoping for some responses!
So ... to continue Catherine's dialogue, I went out to read this New York Times Article, but I couldn't stop there. I had to go read the online comments. Just when I would think, OK, I have read enough to get the flavour of how people are thinking about this ... then there would be a gem that would keep me going.
When my kids were young, I never cared if the stories I told to them were true or not ... just if I can keep their attention.
Things are different on a ship. There I learned that to have everyone in the conversation and rested, you need a whole galley of people who keep cooking and bringing hors d'oeuvres, entrees, beverages and dessert. Of course, if you try to get your family members to "dress for dinner" you add another laying of complication to getting everyone to the table to hear the stories.
P.S. If you read the article, how did you like the comments afterward about ascending and descending family narratives / damaging family narratives? At the very least, food for thought.