There is an innate curiosity in all of us to know where we came from, where our parents came from and what it was like when they were children.
Are you sometimes curious about what your mother or father were like when they were children?
Have you asked one of their siblings?
The last time I saw one of my father’s oldest sisters, the only aunt of the family still surviving, I asked if she would talk to me about what my father was like when he was a young boy. She said she didn’t want to talk about those times.
I didn’t want to upset her so didn’t insist, but I will forever regret not trying to get her to talk and record it because she died soon after that and now I will never know.
A cousin once asked me to talk about our grandfather because I was the only cousin still living and old enough to have known him. She commented that she had not had the privilege of having a grandparent on either side of her family. I was lucky enough to have had 3 grandparents and one great grandmother, who lived long enough for me to remember interacting with them.
I’m sure you have been in settings, as I have, where family and friends would start relating “stories” of childhood happenings. Knowing my family I know that you have to discount some of what they report because memories can be distorted and also because my family tends to exaggerate just a tad about some things, such as sports, fights, and fish stories. But I love being in those settings and enjoy sitting back and absorbing the conversation.
So curiosity plays a big part in why we should document our memoirs.
You’ll get more ideas about how to do this in my book, “How To Write Your Memoir: Three Simple Steps” available for purchase on Amazon.