Chritmas idea for Parents

Old 11-21-2015, 06:14 AM
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Many years ago I bought each of my parents a book called Reflections from a Mothers Heart and a Fathers Legacy they had a page for each day of the year but also questions such as What did you do on Christmas, What is the strangest thing you have ever seen, Do you remember a favorite Dress.... Unfortunately my Mom put hers way after just a couple pages and she passed away unexpectedly I found my Dad's by his chair and Pulled it out and asked him to please continue writing in it He has done alot already. He is concerned his writing is like "chicken scratch" and I told him that just makes it more special to me. I sure wish mom had filled hers out. There are so many things that you just never ask about their childhood. I strongly recommend this for parents!
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:18 AM
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I am adding a link to one of them I bought. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...ers+Heart+book
Here is the other one http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...g%2Caps%2C1090
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:19 AM
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I agree. I wish I had asked my Grandmother (Dad's mom) a lot more questions about her life. Her father died before she was born so she was very close to her Grandfather who must have lived thru the Civil War. So much family history is lost.
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I bought these for my parents years ago. Mom did hers almost immediately and bugged by dad to do his. He ended up dictating a lot of it to my mother, so we have many of his thoughts and memories. I'm so glad we have these since they both passed away 15-20 years ago. Even my brother (who is not very interested in family history) read them and commented. I am glad both completed tem.
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Recently found the book that was given to my Mom. It was so interesting to read what she had written. She is now in assisted living -- I'm going to take the book, ask her questions and fill it out for her. It should give us some interesting things to talk about!
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
Recently found the book that was given to my Mom. It was so interesting to read what she had written. She is now in assisted living -- I'm going to take the book, ask her questions and fill it out for her. It should give us some interesting things to talk about!
Awesome idea! Enjoy your conversations. Sure beat chatting about the weather!
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:51 AM
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I purchased a similar book for my grandparents, but since my grandmother suffers from arthritis she found it difficult to write. So I set my camcorder on a tripod, poured cups of coffee (tea for her) and asked them the questions. Not only do I now have their memories preserved, I have their voices, their laughter, the looks they exchanged, etc.
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Peckish, What a wonderful thing to do. I bet you had a very interesting afternoon with them.
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What a wonderful idea....thanks for sharing......
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Old 11-23-2015, 06:17 AM
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half.com has this for $.75 and higher if anyone is interested. I'm buying it for my 94 yo aunt, Mom and all of her sisters are gone, but I so enjoyed my visit with Aunt Dot in her home last week.
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