I have been able the past month or so to spend some time visiting with my grandmother. She's 94 years old and has been blessed with a very sharp mind. Of course, she may not agree with me on that, but I think she's amazing.
When I first heard that a history committee was being formed to put together the history of Fulton County I knew I wanted to see the Kinder side of my family included in the book. I figured someone with a lot more knowledge than I would surely write something, but I was wrong. I got elected through default and I'm so glad I did.
The time spent with my grandmother has been priceless. We looked through mounds of photo albums and only skimmed the surface of what she has collected. She told me stories and described events from her childhood I will cherish and hand down to my children and grandchildren. She has seen so much and lived through an astonishing amount of changes in her lifetime.
When I think of what I would have missed if I had waited too long to listen and record some of my grandmother's stories, I am thankful for being chosen to write the history of my grandmother, Leona Grace Ball Kinder, and my grandfather, Thomas Roscoe Kinder.
The history committee has been working on this project for months and should be commended for their effort. There is still work to be done before this book can go to press, but once it is completed Fulton Countians will have a piece of history preserved for the future. Will your family be a part of that history?
This is such a great opportunity for each of us to learn about our past. If you haven't sent in your family's story, do so today. Even if you think your history isn't worth reading, I can guarantee there is someone who would disagree.
You don't have to be an award winning author to write your history. There is a committee of 24 people willing to take your words and turn it into a lasting story many will cherish. Write it down and send it to them. Or give one of them a call if you're having trouble getting started.
I understand there needs to be 1,000 copies of this book preordered before it can go to press. Have you preordered yours? Are you thinking it's too expensive? I agree that $49.95 isn't cheap, but when you consider what you will be getting -- $50 isn't too much. This book will be a cherished keepsake. It is something that can be handed down to children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond. I plan to write something inside the cover of mine so that whoever reads it in the future will know this book began with me.
Each family should have at least one book, and if your family doesn't share well, you may need two or three.
If each family member listed in the Kinder family history buys one book each that would be a total of 40 copies. That total represents only the first generation. If I added the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren it wouldn't take long to reach the 1,000 copies mark.
And don't forget to tell family and friends who live out of the area about the book. My sister lives in Kansas City and she has ordered two books. She has never lived in Fulton County, but part of her heritage is here and she wants her children and grandchildren to know about it.
You can get an order form from any committee member or you can stop by Areawide Media and we'll give you a copy of the order form. Don't be like me and keep putting it off. Someday it's going to be too late and you'll have missed a great opportunity to pass along a little bit of history to someone you may not meet in your lifetime.