Have you ever thought about writing the story of your life but did not have the time? Have your children, or maybe a friend, besieged you with requests to tell them what it was like when you were "growing up?" "Someday," you say to yourself, "I am going to write down my memoirs," but the day never seems to come. I found the solution to this problem in Sherry Borzo. Sherry is the creator of Storied Gifts. I asked her to write my story. She came to my house with tape recorder in hand. We sat at my table and talked. That is all it took, just talk.
Sherry has an innate gift for asking just the right questions. I did not feel as if I were being interviewed. It was more like talking with a friend who really enjoyed hearing my story. She never pried. Her questions took me back and prompted memories. We laughed and came near tears at times. She never let me forget it was my story and that I could always retract or add to an incident in a later interview. My fear was that my life story could be boring for I do have a tendency to go on and on. Sherry is a professional and I always felt comfortable with her. I made all the decisions about what went into the book, the cover, etc. and she followed them to the letter. I am very happy with the result.
I know of no other gift you can give to your children than a Storied Gifts book of your life. It is a gift that only you can give and one they will enjoy and cherish.
My family and I wish to thank you for the priceless treasure you created by thoughtfully and sensitively eliciting Gene Henderson’s honest and passionate responses in telling his story to you. Gene, being a storyteller himself, appreciated your time and words! Fortunately, he was able to hear it read to him before he passed. The CD recordings of his own voice are an added bonus of all that was created and as you write on the book’s jacket cover, his spirit does shine through his memoir!
The book is a profound document-something priceless, especially in this day and age with families living apart, distance and different styles of communication and connecting. Perhaps this book might bind the Henderson clan together for generations to come—telling stories, filling in the gaps, and perhaps even helping future generations understand themselves better by understanding where they came from and who they came from.
I truly recommend that any family with a senior member, that would like to pass on family history to current and future family members use this method of doing so.
Again, my family joins me in thanking you for the wealth of information and dialogue between Gene Henderson and yourself and, again, the sensitive skill with which you produced such a treasure!
Neil T. Henderson