What questions can you ask your mother that may give insight into her and perhaps yourself?
My sweet Mother is over ninety but as bright as a whip. The list of questions I will ask my Mother are these:
- What did you think about my Dad when you first met him?
- What is your favorite memory of your Mother/Grandmother?
- What was your favorite book when you were a teenager?
- What is your most precious memory with your grandchildren?
- What did you like to cook for your family?
- What was your happiest family vacation?
- Who was your most beloved pet growing up?
My daughter is now a mother. She now has a chatty two-year-old daughter who loves her “every time” and an expressive four-year-old Who told her he loves her more than lizards! Maybe questions to ask the kids would be.
- What is your favorite book your mom reads you?
- What do you love to do most with your mom?
- What is your favorite treat mom gives you?
- What is the most incredible adventure your mom takes you on?
Grandson, being a mere two and a half, I think three questions on video would be all I could get out of that talkative little man.
If you are lucky enough to preserve family memories, go for it in spades. Photos are one thing, the written word another, and a video story is one more precious piece to help preserve our legacy.
I have a video of my dad telling a story of World War 2 when his ship was hit by a torpedo. He kept the logbook and asked the Captain in command, “How do you spell torpedo?”. As a lanky skinny eighteen-year-old boy, I can picture him writing and querying that question while scrambling to disembark a sinking ship.
All of the stories we can gather are tapestries of who they are and a part of what we become.
My Mantra: “Celebrating the female and what history they create. Happy Mothers Day to all”