According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “memoir” comes from the Anglo-French word memorie, the Old French word memoire, and the Latin word memoria. All of these have similar meanings–a written record of things or events to be kept in mind or remembered.
When I began to write my memoir about Mom and Dad, I didn’t know the derivation of the word. I’m not sure I even realized I was writing in a specific genre. All I knew was that there were events that shouldn’t be forgotten and memories I wanted the capture. The human memory is fragile and weakens with time, but the written records live on.
Do you have memories and life events that should not be forgotten? Take time now while they are still vivid in your mind and make your own written record, your own memoir.
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