Many people these days take for granted the one thing that should be valued the most in this world. Life. Take your grandparents for example. How much longer do you think they’ll be around? Does it matter to you? Don’t you want to learn as much from them as possible? Don’t you want to hear as many of the stories from their amazing lives as possible? I ask you these things to help you wake up and realize that they won’t be around forever. One of my grandpas has had Parkinson’s disease for ten years. He speaks gibberish, and his memory is failing. My other grandpa got diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago. The doctor told him that he’s only got a year to live. It’s helped me realize the truth. Here are a few questions you need to ask your grandparents.
What were the war times like?
Ask if they were in the Vietnam War. Chances are good that they were. Maybe they weren’t in which case they know what it was like in America during the Vietnam. The military was an extremely different world in those times. I’d bet they would have a lot of good stories to tell you about boot camp, their time across seas, and even the really hairy times when they took part in battle.
How your grandparents met.
This one is important I think. One time I asked an old semi truck driver how he met his wife. He told me an incredible story about how he was stationed in Germany. He met a woman that didn’t speak any English, and he didn’t know any German at all. He got her to dance with him. They each learned a little of the other’s language. They ended up getting married. If that isn’t the coolest story ever I don’t know what is.
What was life when they were young?
Times were tough back then. Chances are that they either lived through the dust bowl and time of depression, or they were just being born when America was coming out of The Great Depression. Either way life was extremely different then. Ask them what luxuries they had to live without back in the day. Ask them what dating was like. Ask them what school was like. You’ll find that they are full of awesome stories. Funny stories, exciting stories, stories that will make you cry, our grandparents have.
You’ll be glad you asked. So go and ask them! Take advantage of the time they have left. You won’t regret it.