Crazy Questions to Ask Your Grandparents
Everyone has a standard list of questions that they should ask their grandparents — Where were you born? How did you meet? What was it like growing up? Where did you live? What was it like without a smart phone or TV? How far did you walk to school and was it really up hill in both directions?
But, there is so much more to learn about the culture they grew up in. Many grandparents today were young adults during the counterculture of the 60s. During those years, the US experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis, the British Invasion, major changes in the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the first Moon Landing. They wore ripped jeans, tie dye tops and mini-skirts. They pushed the boundaries of acceptable behavior. They introduced alternative lifestyles. So much happened during those years that we can to learn about and preserve.
15 questions to ask your grandparents
Here are a number of questions you can ask your grandparents to learn more about them. Warning — there might be some questions here that they don’t want to share with you! Some memories might be painful, and others might be too personal, but all of this will help you preserve their legacy.
- Do you remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? What was it like?
- Did you have to practice for air raids in school? What did you do?
- Did you follow the British Invasion?
- Who was your favorite band? What was your favorite dance?
- Did you ever March on Washington?
- What was the civil rights movement like for you?
- Did you go to Woodstock?
- Were you a hippie?
- Did you burn your bra? (For grandma) How long was your hair? (for grandpa)
- Did you believe in free love?
- Did you serve in the Vietnam War? What was your part?
- What was it like to come home again?
- Did you burn your draft card?
- What was it like for the first moon landing?
- What was a defining moment in your life when you knew everything would be different?
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