|Posted: 12/10/2012 1:51:40 PM|
The other day my mother-in-law started asking me in depth questions about my parents (who are 70) and their story after seeing some of their wedding photos. How they met, how long had they been dating, where they went on their first date, and on and on. It came to my attention that I actually don't know the answer to a lot of the questions she asked which made me a little sad. These are things I should know and things I want to know. I would like to make some sort of scrapbook that I can get them to either fill in or give me the answers to so I can fill it in. Any suggestions on how to start this? How this should look? What I should include? I would also like to give each of my siblings one so I am thinking this should be in digital form somehow. Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Loc: La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Posted: 12/10/2012 2:07:57 PM|
Wow, great questions to ask! One possible resource would be a book like "Memories for my Grandchild" by Annie Decker (found it on Amazon, with links as well to similar books). You might also consider doing a video interview with them, if they'd be open to that. Once you have the questions for them, set up a video camera on a tripod, and record their responses -- body language and facial expressions can be a big part of the story. I know from experience that memory sparks memory, and if you do a video (or even audio) recording of them responding to the questions, you may get a lot more of the story than you would even with having them respond in writing. Might be less intimidating for them too, unless they are already avid writers. My parents are the same age, and I would like to do something like this with them too, especially as we are moving overseas next year -- it would be so cool to have their stories captured for my benefit and also my daughter's (and my brother's and his kids'). You've got me thinking, that's for sure! Oh, and if you wanted, once you have the stories, you could either just give a copy of the DVD to your family members, or put together a photo book with some of the stories transcribed, and add photos where/if you have them.
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