We think we have time. I’ll do it next week. When I finish this project. That is a retirement project. I am sure you can add more easily. We have grand ideas to make scrapbooks of children, grandchildren and/or special events. To gather family history. I’ll record dad when I get the chance. Then it happens. You don’t get the chance. Life can go to shit. Period.
So, here we are with time on our hands during a world-wide pandemic. We are trying to flatten the curve by staying home. Doing our part, but it is hard. Some of us might not be used to being home this much. Are you getting itchy feet or other body parts? I get it and I love being home and alone.
If this is the case why don’t we have a scavenger hunt? Gather ours families together and make a list of things we want to know about family. Start with grand-parents or parents first . Where did they go on their first date? What was the first thing they noticed about each other? What is your mother’s favorite song? What was your grandparents and/or parents song at their wedding? Favoriate vacation and why? Why does uncle X do that or this? Ask people what they were doing during historic events. This is wide open.
The best thing about this is that it can be done during a pandemic. We can Facetime. Call. Create a family Zoom date. Have something positive come out of being home. This is the perfect time for this type of activity. People are want to connect and what better way than to collect memories.
So start your list. Maybe divide it up. One person takes mom, another dad, someone else grandparents. Don’t forget to ask each other questions and record. Come back and share what you have found out. Plan how you are going to record and share your information. Maybe take and collect pictures along the way. What about an audio recording?
Now is the time. Not later. Not when we finish this or that. Definitely not when we retire. Not later this year. We have no idea who will be around “later this year”. Start it now. We created this during COVID-19. Have a look. It is pretty incredible.
You can always start now!