Thursday, August 14, 2008

Getting to Know You...

While undertaking the daunting task of organizing my files (this hasn't been done since my daughter was born, 2+years ago!) I came across an article I tore out of the Real Simple Nov. 2005 issue. The article, titled "Getting to Know You", was written by Erik Jackson and is a kind of roadmap made up of intriguing questions, some many people would never think to ask, yet would love to know about their closest relatives.
Here is an excerpt:
The Kind of Life You Lived
• What were the best years of your life?
• What was the hardest decision you've made?
• What are the most important things in life?
• What do you consider to be your strongest character traits?
• What traits or habits do you wish you didn't have?
• Do you believe that people can change?
• Do you believe in God?
• Has life made you more cynical or more hopeful?
• What do you consider to be the most important world events of your lifetime?
• Do you think life now is harder or easier than when you were young?
• If you could do anything over in your life, what would it be, and what would you do differently?
• What are you most proud of?
• What do you hope to be remembered for?


Sidewing Creations said...

Having been the family historian/genealogist for over 20 years, these types of questions are part of my "toolkit". However I highly suggest to people that you ask them of your older family members. The answers can be very surprising and the conversations enlightening and often very entertaining!

Gretchen said...

Since you have so much time, I've tagged you! You have to go to my blog to see the rules. It was actually kind of fun!