So if you have an aging family member, I hope you'll take time today, this week or this month and ask them some questions. I guess the other question is, looking back, is there any one thing in particular you would like to know but you never asked? There are some vague stories I wish I had either paid more attention to, or asked again before it was too late.
It is well known by dads family that he was good with dynamite. I never asked him where and how he learned that very unique skill.
I asked my mama a little while before she passed. “Mom what kind of horses did you and dad have?”
She looked at me like I was very dense, “Son, we never had a horse. Horses were for the folks up in the papers, they were for show. Your dad had a pair of matched Roman-nosed mules. Mules could work all day and then pull the wagon to town is we needed to go. Mules paid for themselves and your dad treated them like babies.”
In relation to this subject, I decided to put into writing something about our early life. The info is not super interesting, and most will not read the book, but wait for the movie, but I am going to publish it. total sales should be <10, ha!
Along this line I just read an article of a writer who just now decided to ask her ailing 85 year old mother some questions. She suggests the following questions:
• What have you enjoyed about aging?
• What are the biggest challenges of growing old?
• What has surprised you the most in your years?
• What has brought you the most joy?
• What would you do differently?
• What words of advice do you have for my generation, as we try to grow closer to -- and guide -- our children?
I will be honest, I am not smart enough to even interpret a couple of the questions, but something is better than nothing. I might try to make a few posts concerning the questions and solicit ideas.
Thanks for any input you have and thanks for coming by the blog.
I keep trying to remember the names of Dad’s mules, that was very important to mama. One was ‘Beck’ I am thinking.
More 50’s customized cars.