Will you be spending time with Dad this Father’s Day?
Don’t let the day go by without capturing those living memories so you can have them forever.
“Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it.” So penned French author Georges Duhamel in 1919. We know our time here on earth is finite, and the memories we make with our families and loved ones is a precious gift. Spending time with Dad on Father’s Day is a reminder of that beautiful gift. Ask anyone whose father has passed away, anyone who has a difficult relationship with their father, or anyone whose circumstances make it difficult or unfeasible to be with their father on Father’s Day, and they will tell you how wonderful those experiences and memories are.
If you’re one of the lucky few who gets to spend time with Dad on his special day, don’t let those precious memories slip through a memory net full of holes by not preserving them. Here are a few ways to record Dad’s memories and his legacy for you and future generations. Consider trying some of them this Father’s Day while the opportunity still exists.
Trigger Dad’s Memories
Getting Dad to talk about his life may be as simple as sitting down next to him and asking him open-ended questions about his past: What chores did you have growing up? What were your mother and father like? When were you the happiest? When were you the saddest? What legacy do you hope to leave for your posterity? If you’re finding it hard to keep Dad talking, you’re running out of questions, or you just feel awkward doing anything too formal, try some of these ideas:
- Break out the family photo albums and start asking questions.
- Ask about family heirlooms around the house.
- Sing or listen to Dad’s favorite songs.
- Eat some of Dad’s favorite foods.
- Interview other guests who have memories with Dad.
It’s a good idea to capture these memories in Dad’s voice and in his own words. Here are a few ways to do that.