Thanksgiving is next week! Make plans this year to finally ask those questions of loved ones that perhaps you've never had the chance to ask. I've already done some research for you and found some fairly good questions to get you started.
It's just that I've heard people say time and time again (and I've said it myself), I wish I had asked Aunt Sophie; or I'm sorry I never asked Uncle Roy about.... Don't let another family reunion pass without doing exactly that.
My blog is usually directed at grandparents, but this is one I hope my younger friends read--the generation that still has children at home, and still has their parents and plenty of aunts and uncles. You should interview them while you can.
While you're working over your hot rolls and letting them rise, think of some of those questions you've never asked. Keep those in mind. Maybe it's something you'd like to ask your aunt about growing up with your mother; perhaps you want to ask your uncle things about the war. Whatever. Go down the list in your mind and be prepared to ask those questions.
And get your little kids, grandkids or great grandkids involved.
I've found some questions that the little guys can ask grandparents or great aunts and uncles:
Press upon the teenagers to ask some questions too:
Random questions anyone can ask:
Seriously, there are so many important reasons for doing this. First and foremost, we should all know these stories and our family history. Our little guys need to learn how to converse with their elders. It's important for older family members to reminisce. For goodness sakes, we ALL love to reflect on days past. It's just another layer of bonding that can occur within a family. You'll hear people saying things like. . . I never knew that about Uncle Jackson. Heartwarming comments like that. Just do it--it just adds another dimension to your Thanksgiving time together.
Websites where you can get additional questions:
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And how wonderful to be thankful for ALL our family! And especially for those who can share with us the days gone by. What a blessing! Take advantage of that.
One more item:
Check out this link. If you have older kids/grandkids, they might want to record their interview for StoryCorps~
Retired school teacher and now full time grandmother sharing ideas and looking for new ones about grandparenting!