A friend sent me a birthday card recently telling me to rethink 50 as 10-10-10-10-10. It got me thinking that a lot has changed over the past decade. Ten years doesn’t sound like a long time, but there are so many changes and events that happen; there have been births, weddings, break ups, great fear and deaths that have affected my family.
We can learn so much from our family and friends who have gone before us. This year I am going to interview my parents and treasure their memories of their life. I am lucky to be able to enjoy their stories and memories around the dinner table but I don’t want to miss out on knowing and remembering who they were.
Here’s my starter list of questions:
1. What comes to mind when you think about growing up in [hometown]?
2. What did you love to do as a kid, before high school?
3. What did you love to do in high school?
4. What do remember most about your teenage years?
5. What do you remember most about your mom (grandma)?
6. What was most important to her?
7. What do you remember most about your dad (grandpa)?
8. What was most important to him?
9. If grandma and grandpa had a message to you and their grandchildren, what do you think it is?
10. How did you meet [spouse] and know (s)he was the one?
11. How did you choose your career and what was your favorite part about it?
12. What made you successful at work?
13. What did you believe about yourself that helped you become successful and deal with hard times?
14. What times in your life truly tested you, and what did you learn about yourself by dealing (or not dealing) with them?
15. What three events most shaped your life?
16. When you think about [spouse], how would you describe her/him?
17. What message do you have for [spouse] that you want her/him to always keep in mind?
18. What three words would you say best describe who you tried to be in life and how you want to be remembered?
19. What have you learned about other people in life? (trustworthy, kind or not and mean)?
20. What do you think the world needs more of right now?
21. What do you believe people want the most in life?
22. What were the three best decisions you’ve ever made?
23. What are you most proud of in life?
24. What were five of the most positive moments of your life?
26. What are you most thankful for?
Do you have any other good questions to ask? Let me know :)