I recently read a fun article about jobs that no longer exist, and it got me thinking about the continued value of the work of writing. The article reminds all of us how we preserve history and memories through our stories.

What would happen if we didn’t write stories about the past? Would we forget how far we’ve come? Would we appreciate what we have now? Without preserving our stories, can you imagine what would happen to information? Perhaps plays and movies might be different without resources for set designers or costume makers to reference.

Thankfully, we have our words to remind future generations that we were here, and our life stories are worth preserving and celebrating.

As Labor Day approaches, I want you to think about jobs you know aren’t done anymore. The article names occupations such as the milkman, switchboard operator, clock-winder. Can you think of others? What do you remember about these people and their jobs? What changes have you seen since those jobs were replaced or discontinued? Did you once have a job that is obsolete today?

Have fun remembering. Your story might be just what other writers need to include accurate details in stories they want to write.

Ready? Get to work.

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