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Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Importance of Story In Your Life

A great photo to highlight the importance of story! Joann Eagen, Agnes Eagen, Pat Kimball, and Judy Eagen, Winter 1951
I am writing this blog today because Chris Brogan has challenged his readers to write about the "importance of story in your life." Chris was talking about Don Miller's latest book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life and from this came the challenge. Apparently if I am timely enough with this post I might receive a free copy of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life. In an earlier post, February 21, 2010, Chris Brogan encouraged his readers to use social media to "Turn your lens on your family. Tell family stories for future generations."

For those of you who know me (i.e., my immediate family, team members, relatives, friends, previous co-workers, blog readers), I am most generally known as the storyteller. If you give me a subject I can probably tell you a story from my life that relates to that subject. While many may roll their eyes, get the "hook" or give me the old wind-up signal when I start to tell a story, these are the same people who will ask if the yearly holiday letter is ready to mail or have I posted to the Webconsuls' blog lately.

When I was assigned to be the Saturday morning blogger for Webconsuls I allowed myself the freedom to write about any topic, it did not have to be technical in any fashion. So you can imagine my blog topics have been all over the map.

My father liked to share stories about his life and I liked listening to him tell a good story. Today I am thinking back to couple of years ago when I shared with my two sons a letter that had been written by my father in 1950.

The day I shared this was Father's Day 2008 and since my father had passed away in 1979 neither of my sons had the opportunity to know my dad. I decided that I would send a copy of this letter to Aaron and Daniel, so that they might have some insight into their maternal grandfather, Joseph Raymond Eagen. The letter was written to my mother on December 16, 1950, addressed from Hungnam, Korea. My father was aboard the USS Kaskaskia. According to Wikipedia "During December she arrived off Hungnam to service ships engaged in evacuation operations in that area. Throughout the harsh winter months, Kaskaskia continued vital fueling missions between Japan and Korea." If you choose to read the letter it is here. Just click on each jpg and they will enlarge.
Page 1 Daddy's Letter December 16, 1950
Daddy's letter, page 2

Page 2 Daddy's letter December 16, 1950
Daddy's letter, page 1


Happily both Aaron and Daniel enjoyed reading my dad's letter. Aaron referred to it as "fascinating" and Daniel called it "amazing, like nothing I ever read before." A story well received, all brought about because my brother, Michael Eagen, found the letter, created jpgs, emailed me the letter and I was able to email it to my children. Fabulous.

I must tell you that if you read the letter you will know that my dad talks about buying and mailing some special jackets. Daniel wanted to know if I still had the jacket! Well, I don't, but I do have a great photo of me with my sisters and Pat Kimball. Now you know the story behind the photo at the top of today's post.We are all wearing our "jackets". It is Winter 1951.

So this is today's important story. Enjoy! And, by all means, let me know what you think of it.

3 comments:

  1. The jackets and the letter make it really extra special and fun. I'm glad you shared this. It's fun to hear stories of families, if only to see a whole different flavor of humanity, or a different perspective.

    Thanks for writing this. : )

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  2. Wow, Judy - this really makes me feel how your Mom must have felt - worried, proud, and...more worried. Beautiful story - love the letter and photo. It really made all the difference to me to visualize the time.

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  3. Hi Elaine,
    Thank you for stopping by here today. Ca you beleive my father wrote this letter 50 years ago today and we still worry and wonder about Korea. Amazing.
    Judy

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