~ Discovering Your Family's Past To Shape Your Future ~
My parents came to visit our family for Christmas, and I took the opportunity to ply my dad with cookies in order to get family stories from him. I specifically asked him if he would tell me whatever he remembered about his grandparents.
He said he didn’t remember much, but he’d tell me what he remembered. So I hit ‘record’ and typed up a storm as he talked, because two copies are better than one. Then I prodded his memories a little and ended up getting about 2 hours (equating to 11 pages, single-spaced) on both sets of his grandparents as well as my grandparents!
He was surprised how much I got out of him. He shouldn’t be – we have ways of making you talk! Mwaaahahaha!
I had a little bit of personal discovery, too. Dad said his father lost interest in things after a time – say a year or two or three. “There had to be some novelty to it for him to stay interested.” That hit me like a ton of bricks. Why? Because I’m the same way – if there is not a steep learning curve, I lose interest. (Luckily for me, I’ve found genealogy. Every single person or problem is unique and challenging.)
I always felt something special about Poppop – maybe it’s because we were much more alike than I knew.