In 2007, my son's eighth grade history teacher gave the kids an assignment. They were each to collect ten family stories. Each story had to take place during a different decade. For each decade chosen, the students prepared a panel like the one above. The first column shares the family story. The second column tells what was happening in the United States during that decade. The last column tells what was going on in the rest of the world.
By the time Alex was working on his school project, everyone involved in these events was long dead. We were left with snippets of a family story and an old photograph of Anna and Crawley. These became my inspiration. I filled in the blanks through research and imagination. The story is made up, but the emotions are true.
Do you have a favorite family story? Or how about a favorite family photo or memento? They make great writing prompts, and you never know where they will lead you.