Saturday, March 09, 2013

5 Questions To Ask Your Parents or Grandparents This Week. Week 1

I am so grateful I took the time to interview my grandma before her passing. When I first started asking her questions about her life growing up, she was very hesitant and would frequently say "we were seen and not heard in my day". As sad as that is, it was also true. She lived a life of not expressing herself and not asking questions. However, I wanted more than anything to gain a deeper knowledge about her life, so I started small. Each week I would call her on the phone and talk about how her week, then I would start asking questions about her life growing up. I found that five questions a week, was the magic number, any more than that was too much for her. Over time, and unbeknownst to her, grandma's life story was written by those simple questions each week.

START NOW!! You'll be so grateful you did this!!

WEEK 1: FIVE QUESTIONS to ask your parents or grandparents this week:
  1. What is your full name? 
    • How did your parents choose your name? 
    • Did you have any nicknames? 
  2. When and where were you born?
  3. What are your best memories of your father? 
  4. What are your best memories of your mother?
  5. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
That's it. Five more questions will be posted next weekend.


Meet my Grandma, Ruth Imogene Adams Burnes 1923-2011


  1. Those are terrific questions! My husband lost his great-grandfather who was 93 last May. Thankfully, I recorded some Q&A with him. However, I wish I had a lot more! We also have a great-aunt who is 94 who loves to tell stories of when she was young. I really need to record those! Thanks for these great 5 questions. It's a great place to start with even my parents & in-laws!

  2. Just found this site and wish I had found it earlier. Great idea on the questions. Can't wait to see what else you have.