Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tuesday's {Tip}

My girls are doing a Heritage Project for school. The teacher sent them home with a huge packet of things that must be completed. One piece of paper contained an interview sheet. The students have to interview a grandparent or an aunt/uncle as part of their project. My girls have asked my parents so far, and I must tell you, I have laughed, I have cried, and I have discovered things I did not know about my own parents. I think the questions are amazing, and I plan on using them to interview my 86 year old grandmother. I think this will make great journaling for a page, and it is great information to pass down to the generations. Feel free to copy the list, and interview your family members. What a gift these questions and answers may be to your family and mine. Blessings everyone!

What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?

When and where were you born?

How did your family come to live there?

Were there other family members in the area? Who?

What was the house (apartment, farm, etc.) like? How many rooms? Bathrooms? Did it have electricity? Indoor plumbing? Telephones?

Were there any special items in the house that you remember?

What is your earliest childhood memory?

Describe the personalities of your family members.

What kinds of games did you play growing up?

What was your favorite toy and why?

What was your favorite thing to do for fun (movies, beach etc.)?

Did you have family chores? What were they? Which was your least favorite?

Did you receive an allowance? How much? Did you save your money or spend it?

What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?

What school activities and sports did you participate in?

Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?

Who were your childhood heroes?

What were your favorite songs and music?

Did you have any pets? If so, what kind and what were their names?

What was your religion growing up? What church, if any, did you attend?

Were you ever mentioned in a newspaper?

Who were your friends when you were growing up?

What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally effect your family?

Describe a typical family dinner.


Leah C said...

I just love this list!! I'm going to send this to my last living grandmother, and to DH's grandparents as well. Thanks so much!!

Renee said...

Oh, I wish I had this list before my GG passed away. I would have really like to have seen her answers! What a fun project for you girls. I did copy/paste this to send to my grandma now though.
oh, and I am sending you the
"you make my day" award. You can find the rules and award on my blog. hugs - Renee

Jill said...

These are awesome! I am sending them to my dad RIGHT NOW!!!!! Thanks Patter!

Julie O. said...

This is a fabulous school project!

Wanted to pop in to tell ya some news. Not that you don't have a TON on your plate today :) but I wanted you to know that you've been tagged!

Lisa Carroll said...

What a fun idea! I really need to do that with my grandparents.

deb said...

What an amazing list of questions. My grandparents have long passed on but I am going to share this with my children and with my Mom and her husband and hopefully, if I send to their father's parents, they will fill it out as well. Thank you!

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