Pick a small object to be given one day to your great-grandchild. Write a letter to that child explaining why you have chosen this object.
My dear one,
I wanted you to have this diamond pin as a keepsake of your great-great-great-grandmother, Josephine. She was given this by your great-great-great-grandfather Elwood when they got married in 1917. He had been saving for two years to buy it for her, so the story goes. It had to be a diamond pin, he told her, because diamonds are indestructible, like his love for her.
The women in our family have all worn this pin, on special occasions and not so special occasions, to remember and honour Josephine and Elwood, and their indestructible love.
I want you to know I have a similar love for you too, and I haven’t even met you. How I wish I could see your face, see whom you look like! But even if we do get to meet you won’t remember me. I doubt I will see 94. So I’m writing you this letter, which I am sure your mother will keep safe for you. She’s a lovely girl, your mother, like her mother before her. They will tell you all the stories I won’t be able to, just like I told them.
All my love,
Next week: Describe yourself in the third person – your physical appearance and personality – as though you were a character in a book.