Don’t wait

My kids and my parents are both in great health, thank goodness, but it is not lost on me that we will not all be around forever.  I clipped this idea out from Wondertime Magazine a few years ago.  The idea is to be sure to ask your kids important questions and record their answer.  I think you shoudl take it a step further and ask your parents (your kid’s grandparents) to do the same thing.  (For the longest time, I kept answering machine recordings of my parents when they wished me a happy birthday or any other notable good tidings.  This is upping the ante.)

A list of questions is just the starting place.  As the author, Gregory Lauzon, says, “Here are some prompts to get the ball rolling.  And, like your kids, follow-up everything with “Why?”  In both cases, you are giving future generations a chance to hear first hand what it is like to be a child or a senior in this day and age.  And more importantly, you are connecting your memories to a voice of a loved one that may someday not be available to speak for themselves.

At the time, the iPod was in its second iteration, and digital voice recording has come a long way. And if this is too much, at least look into one of those self-recorded story books.  You’ll be able to capture a loved one’s voice for generations to come.


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