An Opportunity of a Lifetime!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Blog, Double Cousins |

An Opportunity of a Lifetime!


This week my daddy celebrated his eighty-third birthday. You might think that is really old! I understand. When I was a kid, I thought it was too. In fact, when he was 38 I told him in two years he would be an old man! Believe me, when I turned 38 he thoroughly enjoyed reminding me of my words. Sigh.

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A few years ago we sat down and I asked him a series of questions. I interviewed him. I wanted to hear his stories and boy, did I. I had warned him and he was ready. He even had a list of things he wanted to talk about. I typed it into the computer as he talked, and we taped it. So, now we have it. The memories of Marvin Jones.

It was an opportunity of a lifetime!

It’s a good thing because he recently had a stroke, and speech is very difficult for him. He wouldn’t be able to have that conversation today.


Next week is Christmas. You will be seeing grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles, maybe even great-grandparents. Now is your chance! Make a list of questions, let them know ahead of time what you would like to do, and then be ready to record what they say. Smart phones usually have a really great recording device and then it can be transferred to a computer and shared with the family.

Here are my list of questions, but if you want more or different ones just google “questions to ask your elders” and you will get many sites with wonderful suggestions.


Have fun and get those memories down. You don’t have forever!

repeating his stories

Miriam’s list

  1. What is your first memory?
  2. What is the most important thing you learned from each of your parents?
  3. What was Christmas like?
  4. What is your favorite story that your dad would tell?
  5. What is your scariest memory from childhood?
  6. What was your favorite food that your mom made?
  7. What other memories stand out?
  8. What was the most important lesson you learned while in the military/college?
  9. What is the most important thing you would like your children and grandchildren to know?
  10. How did you meet your spouse?