I got an email from another author with this headline today and I thought—this statement is so true.
The author was promoting his books for the Christmas season, and it was a good opening line.
I like the statement because the stories written in my books are gifts of insight to me—and the descendants of every pioneer that homesteaded out in the middle of nowhere.
But, the line can imply other things too.
A great story will share the history from one generation to the next. That’s a gift of heritage and pride in one’s family.
A great story may calm a child—or an adult— in a crisis. That’s a gift by preventing further trauma and frightful memories.
A great story can be seen and felt through a keepsake quilt, or through the lines of a poem, giving the gift of a visual memory.
A great story saved in one’s heart can be remembered forever—even if it was just baking Christmas cookies decades ago
This list can go on and on.
I hope today you get—or give—a great story to remember the day, or a special person by.
What’s your greatest story that was a gift to you?