My Grandma is one of the most special people in the world to me and my fondest childhood memories are with her. I wish I was able to spend more time with her and I really need to make that a priority.
It has been really pressing on my heart lately to get to know my Grandma better. When you are a kid so many of your conversations revolve around you and when you get older it seems like there is not ever enough time to sit and ask all the questions that you would like to know or should know. Some of the questions on my list should be common knowledge but they aren't and I am ashamed that I do not know some of them.
Soooo... I got this idea of a Memory Jar, I guess we can call it. I filled it with questions that I wanted to know and with quotes about Grandmas. I gave her a journal to write the answers in and the quotes are just to bring a little smile, laugh or happy cry to her day.
When I think about why this would be important for me to have this is what I come up with:
1) People like to talk about themselves and in many cases write about their lives. Ahem. I hope that she will enjoy looking back on her life and reminise about the great times she has had and the wonderful family she has raised.
2) I would love to read a journal from a great grandparent that I never knew. It would be a fun time capsule for what life was like "back in the day" and I will treasure the journal I get from my Grandma and will pass it on to future generations.
3) I love my grandma! I love her and yet I don't really know her story. These questions are not going to tell me her whole life history or her whole story, but they will give me a glipse of what is important and valuable to her. I can't wait to read it!
What makes you afraid?
Where did you want to live when you were younger?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What is one of your happiest memories?
What's your favorite place in nature? What is your favorite flower? Tree?
What are your favorite sounds?
What are your favorite smells?
What's one of the most meaningful gifts you have ever received?
What's one of the most loving things someone has done for you?
What's one of the most loving things you've ever done for someone?
What music, poetry, art, books or movies have most inspired you and why?
What's one of the best places you've ever traveled?
What's one place you'd still like to visit and why?
If you only had 6 months left to live what would you want to be sure to experience?