Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Life Journals

How many times have we  wished we had asked our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles some things about their lives or stories about ancestors that had been passed down through the generations.  Some people are lucky enough to have written documents, but most are not.  For Christmas we gave a daughter and SIL both journals to write down their thoughts to pass on to their kids. Kind of a diary of sorts.  Their thoughts on a particular day,  an argument they had, or just whatever.  Since there times words will not pass from the mind to the paper, Carol this list to help with writers block and included it in the journal:

1.   My first pet was____
2.   My chores growing up were____
3.   My favorite toy was____
4.   My best surprise ever was____
5.   I wanted to grow up to be____
6.   Something I wish was still sold in stores is____
7.   The historical moment I remember best is____
8.   A person who made a big impression on me was____ and why
9.   My first job was____ I got paid ____
10. My first car was____ and it cost____
11. My first home away from my parents was____
12. I met my mate when____
13. My favorite wedding memory is____
14. I’m happiest when____
15. I’m most at peace when____
16. My favorite book is____
17. My favorite movie is____
18. Things I crave are____
19. Foods I hate____ foods I love____
20. My biggest hope is____
21. I am superstitious about____
22. My religion is____
23. I think my best talent is____
24. A secret I wished I hadn’t kept is____
25. The troublemaker of the family is____
26. Once I got in trouble because____
27. I’ll always regret____
28. I’m glad that____
29. My proudest moment was____
30. I’m secretly proud that I can____
31. Today’s weather is____

I think I will maybe even start a journal for my kids.  I have not really told them things a lot of things about me.  I have told them the major things, but just little things.  What did I do in the Navy (probably won't tell all there), where did I go,  what did I see.   It doesn't seem like a big deal now, but it might to them someday.

Thought for the day--"If you can't sleep, try counting your blessings."

God Bless--johnnyb


  1. Now that is an excellent idea - no better way to pass on information to future generations :)

  2. Off Topic, Good Morning, I see that I'm on your blogroll, I have added you to mine :)

    Best Regards,


  3. Trust me JohnnyB...it will matter to them one day if you share. I grew up with only one grandparent. The best I get for information is through my father, or cousins who are older than me and knew them better. When they are gone, so are their stories. Glad to see you want to share your story with your children and grandchildren:)

  4. I agree with you. My grandfather came from Sweden when he was 8 years old. He never talked about any of his childhood before or after immigration.

  5. What a great idea...I told Sweet Wife it shall be done. Thanks.