Interview with Moi ?

I promised that I would conduct an interview with myself this week. And it’s deadline time, because the Week 4 agenda comes out tomorrow.

This task made me feel really uncomfortable. I could hear Miss Piggy’s voice in my head.

“You want to interview Moi?”

It’s an adjustment for me to start my family history with myself, as Thomas recommends. I feel more comfortable focusing on telling the stories of the people who are gone. Some Do-Over participants found themselves writing memoirs. The thought of doing that intimidates me.  Someday, when I’m older. Maybe.

Interview with Moi xBut, as every family historian knows, the best source for the best stories is from your relatives while they are alive.

Last week when we visited my cousin’s family I planned to interview her mother, my late mother’s sister. We bought a voice recorder and even made sure it had batteries and we knew how to use it. I had my list of questions about her life, and my mother’s and their parents.

Sadly, my aunt was not feeling well enough for company and the interview never happened. My cousin will try to ask her my questions when and if she can.

So I finally did the interview with myself. Like so many things I don’t want to do, I expended more energy avoiding the task than just doing it.

The format I used was a simple timeline. Gee, that was easy. Maybe 10 minutes, tops. Now I can send this format to my siblings. Perhaps I can convince them to take a few minutes to fill out their timelines and then write down what they remember about our parents. It’s not exactly memoir. But it’s a place to start.




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