Wednesday, May 31, 2017

History in the Making

"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories." -Ursula LeGuin
Keep your loved ones close to your heart.

"Grandma, tell me again about the time when you were little..."

"Dad, will you show me that newspaper clipping again?"

We all have family stories that we treasure. We listened to them as children, amused and even awestruck that our parents and grandparents were once our age. And as parents or grandparents, aunts or uncles, we share them with our little ones. Sometimes they were illustrated, literally and figuratively. This blogger still treasures her great-grandmother's wedding portrait, her grandfather's dog tags from World War II and her grandmother's yearbook from 1944, her photo captioned "Charming, Sweet and Debonair" -- all cherished not just as objects, but for the stories they inspire.

This article from The Atlantic discusses the rich benefits of "family storytelling": the more detail and interaction, the better. In fact, studies show that when parents reminisce with preschoolers in detailed ways, the children learn to share "richer, more complete narratives to other adults one to two years later." And these enhanced narrative skills serve them well throughout their young life, from processing complex academic material to bolstering their self-esteem and coping skills.

In that spirit, we treasure our line of NanoRosetta custom medallions, capturing your stories in 3-D optical difractives. Family photos old and new. Yearbooks. Certificates. All etched in a beautiful keepsake that will last forever, sustaining family stories through every generation.

Stop in and see us for our beautiful design options, including collages and custom borders.

And stay tuned for Father's Day ideas!

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