“May you live in interesting times,” is the supposed, very likely apocryphal, curse/blessing from that often quoted font of mystical wisdom, “Ancient China.”
But it’s true that we do live in interesting times, and your experience of these times is also interesting and will be interesting to future generations who will want to what it was like to live through this period.
In the past few days, I have seen a two posts on the Maine librarians’ listserv soliciting your contemporaneous memories of right now for their historical collections. Both are based in Portland. The first was from the Maine Historical Society, stewards of the Maine Memory Network. Find out how to submit digital objects by becoming an Individual Partner or by submitting a story to My Maine Stories. (I love the Maine Memory Network. It’s a great place to do research or to spend a few leisurely hours browsing.)
The other was the Portland Room at the Portland Public Library, which is collecting stories in a project they are calling Isolating Together: A Public Archive. “Send your thoughts, poems, letters, diary entries, artwork, doodles, or comics to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Last but not least, our friends at the Yarmouth History Center are collecting stories through their website. “Think of this as large-scale local diary!”
Your descendants will thank you.
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