Time seems to change all too quickly nowadays. I’m sure those in prior generations would say the same about their time, but it just really seems to fly by without us having a chance to soak up the knowledge and wisdom of those who’ve been walking through life longer than we have.
As you may have already found, I’m a sucker for family memories, especially ones that are handwritten to record for future generations to read. Handwriting seems to transcend time – don’t you think? How awesome would it be to provide your kids (and even ourselves!) with a really special handwritten note of memories from our parents and grandparents?
Consider printing out this Grandparent Questionnaire to send to any of your grandparents/parents to have them fill it out and give it back to you for your keepsakes. I bet this would be just as much of a gift for THEM to do as it would be for you to have it.
My aunt was going through some boxes from my Granny’s house (my Granny passed away in 2008) and came across a handwritten letter that Granny wrote – we’re thinking to my oldest cousin, Christy, just before Christy got married. My aunt made copies of the letter and gave them to all of us. What a treasure!
We’re thinking my godmother (my aunt/Christy’s mom) may have had Granny (her mom) fill this out for Christy, but none of us knew about it. The letter is only two pages long, and though most of us knew my Granny well, we still learned so much from this front-and-back piece of paper, and how special is it that it’s in her handwriting?!
My kids, as well as almost all of my Granny’s other great-grandkids, never had the privilege of meeting her. My oldest daughter, Elizabeth, is named after my sweet Granny. Both of my girls will have a copy of this letter in their keepsake boxes to read when they’re older. What a blessing it is to pass this onto them!
So it got me thinking – why don’t my husband and I have our grandmothers (my mom’s mom and his dad’s mom) who are still living write down some memories for our girls (and us!) to have as well? There’s so much to learn from them!
And then it got me thinking again – why don’t we send the same little packet to our parents and have them fill it out for their grandkids?! My dad is a very frequent air traveler – he has to fly to and from Washington, D.C. several times a year, and in the last year or two, he’s decided to dedicate most of his plane ride one way to writing out memories. You’d think he’d run out of things to write about, but he doesn’t! He writes and writes and writes! He types up an email with his memories – from childhood and adulthood – and sends out a group email to all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and my kids (who, yes, do have email addresses at 2.5-years-old and 7-months because of my dad).
Though we’ll have a treasure trove of memories from him, it’ll be special to have some that are handwritten, and it’ll be fun to send this to all of our parents and read the different responses they all have.
What a great gift this would be for grandkids, or even to do for a bridal shower, wedding gift, or baby shower. Send this questionnaire to grandparents before the event, have them fill it out, and then put all of the responses in a binder for the new couple/the mom-to-be to have as a keepsake item! What a gift!
The questionnaire isn’t too long – just 3 pages. There were several questions I could’ve included on here, but I figured that if I made it too long, it might be a little too intimidating, especially for our grandmothers, to fill out. Some information is better than none, so I thought we’d learn a lot and our kids would learn a lot from their responses on this questionnaire.
We’re going to print them out, put them in envelopes, and send them out to our parents and grandparents. I know they’re going to be so honored to fill this out. Who doesn’t feel valued and important when they’re asked questions about themselves?!
I have this as a printable in my Resource Library if you want to do the same! So excited to have this for future generations to read! Click here or the image below to access my Resource Library and download the printable!