Hi, I’m Kareem and I launched My Life in a Book to help every parent share their life story in a way that no detail is forgotten.
The idea of creating this website came to me one evening in the fall of 2020. That night, my mother confided in me that she was afraid that with age she might forget some details of her life that she would like to share with me and her grandchildren. Despite the fact that we saw each other every weekend, I realized that night that I had rarely been able to talk with her about her life story.
I therefore started sending her a question about her life every Sunday. And that's how the 121 questions on the platform were born.
Through her answers, I learned a lot about her that I could have never learned otherwise... her childhood love for volleyball, the hardships she faced during college, and so much more! It truly felt like I was getting to know her for the first time.
I had the idea of organising these answers into a thick, durable, and glossy keepsake book, with large, easy to read text that would forever hold her memories.
I was happy to witness the joy on my mother's face every time she finished a new section of her book.
What I hadn't anticipated at all was the reaction of my siblings when they received the book as a gift. I had rarely seen them so moved; they said that by each having a copy, it was as if they could keep a little part of our mother with them at all times.
Reading the book brought us all together as siblings, encouraged us to discuss our childhood memories, and allowed us to reconnect with our family identity and values.
This experience led me to realize that millions of parents around the world probably have similar stories that they would like to pass on so that they are never forgotten.
My Life in a Book was born, and the rest, as they say, is history!