Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ten questions to ask around the table

Janet Hovorka of Generation Maps has gathered for you a few conversation starters:

1. What are the most important lessons you've learned so far in your life?
2. What was the greatest time of joy in your life? The greatest time of sadness?
3. Who were your favorite relatives? Do you remember any of the stories they used to tell you?
4. What has been your favorite family tradition?
5. What personality traits do you admire and how have you tried to develop those traits?
6. What was the biggest turning point in your life? Looking back, how would you have dealt with it if you had known what you know now?
7. What was your most embarrassing moment?
8. What are you most proud of? Is there anything you have always wanted to do and haven't?
9. How would you describe your sense of humor? What was your all-time favorite practical joke?
10. What message would you like to leave your descendants? How would you like to be remembered?

It is sad when you remember those stories your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other long gone ancestors would tell when you were young. If you are like most people you wish you had written them down or recorded them somehow. I know Denise's dad had some great stories but he refused to let her record them or even take notes. When we would be in Ogden they would stay up after the 10 o'clock news and he would just start talking. She would come downstairs later and try to write down some of what he said. It is too bad we don't have them actually recorded for our children and grandchildren.

As I mentioned in Sunday School, I am the oldest living Young. There is no one left to ask questions to, hear stories from, or learn about the family from.

As you gather this holiday seasaon with your loved ones, don't forget the tape/video recorder. You will not regret it.

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