Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Interview a loved one this thanksgiving weekend.

I don't know how many of you will be reading my blog today, as you will be probably running around for the last thanksgiving dinner shopping or will be stuck in the kitchen cooking everything...
Just in case you should find the time to sit for a moment, and stumble upon this post, I want to challenge you with something you might have not thought about.
Most of us are going to be in contact with at least a family member, either in person or even on the phone.
We have a nice long holiday weekend ahead, why don't we use a fraction of it to interview a loved one?
Choose whoever you feel like: grandma, dad, your child,your sibling, even a dear friend or neighbor.
Just choose to take the time, and let the person you want to interview know that it is very important to you, and you would really appreciate if he/she would sit with you for a little bit to answer the question in your interview.
You can use a tape recorder, a laptop, even just paper and a pen, to record everything, it doesn't matter, as long as it is recorded. You might also want to take some pictures.
You can do it on thanksgiving, or also on Black Friday, instead of using most of your time after those special deals for those things that right night you feel like you MUST have, but that will not last forever.
Getting to know that special person a little more, getting to write his/her story is a treasure that will last forever, something both you and the person interviewed will be thankful for.
Life doesn't always go the way we plan, and  sometimes we loose someone all of a sudden and we realize that we could have spent more time with them, getting to know them better, told them I love you more often...
Take the time now, let them know that they are so important you want to know more about them, and you want to preserve their memory.
Any minute spent interviewing a special person in your life is a minute well spent, one you will never be sorry for.
In case you don't know where to start from with the interview, there are many online tool that have questions you can ask, here is some you might find useful:
How to interview a relative
Fifty questions for Family history interview
Hope this helps!

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