A little over a year ago, I came across a cassette tape that my parents had made for me when I was nine. There was nothing special about it — it was just them telling what was going on in their lives at that time. But so many years later, I enjoyed hearing their voices from another time, and I thought how fortunate it will be when they pass on (many, many years from now) to have something with their voices on it.
About the same time, I came across another cassette that another father of mine had made for me. (I’ve been blessed with 3 fathers and 2 mothers due to divorce, remarriage, etc.) Unfortunately, this father passed away 5 years ago, and I’m glad I have something with his voice on it to remember him by.
After listening to these cassettes, I had an idea. For Christmas, what if my wife and I, as well as my parents and my wife’s parents, created audio books for my kids. I figured it would be one of those gifts that they would like a little bit now, but years from now when their grandparents are gone, and even later when my wife and I are gone, I figured it would be the only gift they’d remember from Christmas 2005.
So beginning around this time last year, we all started creating audio books for my kids. Since the movie The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was coming out last December, we decided to each create an audio book for one of the books in The Chronicles of Narnia.
As I mentioned, I thought my kids would like their audio books a little bit now, but I figured they wouldn’t really cherish them for years to come. Amazingly, however, their audio books are already the only gift they remember from last Christmas. In fact, just tonight, I went to turn off the night-light in my oldest daughter’s room and she had fallen asleep listening to her grandma read one of the books to her. And that’s not a rarity. More nights than not, my kids fall asleep listening to one of their audio books.
It was such a hit that I’ve asked my wife’s and my parents to create more audio books for this Christmas.
If you have kids or grandkids, no matter what their age, I can’t think of a better challenge for this week’s LifeTango Challenge than to encourage you to create an audio book for them. And, even if creating an audio book isn’t appealing to you, I’d encourage you to create an audio journal for your posterity. You can accept one or both of these challenges by clicking on the links below and then selecting “Adopt This Goal.”?
For both the “Audio Book”? goal and the “Audio Journal”? goal, I will post some technical suggestions for how to create your CDs. Additionally, for the Audio Journal, I’ll suggest some questions you could answer to get your Audio Journal started.
Finally, if you accept either of these challenges and have good experiences, please return and add comments to share your experiences with others.
Create an Audio Book for Your Family
Create an Audio Journal CD