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Capturing Dad’s Legacy

By Posted in - Family Stories & Storytelling on May 14th, 2019 0 Comments

How many stories have you heard your dad tell over the years? Probably too many to count! But have you taken the time to capture those stories so that they can be shared and passed on, keeping those memories alive? Allowing a younger generation the opportunity to know him, too?

In honor of Father’s Day, for all the dads and not-dads in your life, we’re focusing on helping you capture that legacy.

What do you want to know?

You can go about this in so many ways, but I like the idea of chunking it out instead of randomly asking questions. You’ll probably see a few patterns and themes which will give you lots of ideas on what to do to share this information.

(These questions are just some ideas to get you started.)

About His Childhood

  • Truck and report carWhat are some of your earliest memories?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Who was your best friend in school?
  • What sports did you play or activities were you involved in?
  • What is your best childhood memory?

About His Young Adult Life

  • What was your first job?
  • What mistakes taught you the most about life?
  • How would people who knew you in high school describe you?
  • Where was the first place you lived away from home?
  • What was your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
  • Who taught you to drive? What was your first car?

About Being a Father

  • What do you enjoy most about being a father?
  • Do you think today’s fathers have things harder or easier than you had them?
  • What traditions did your father pass on to you that you passed on to your children?
  • What was one of the hardest moments you had being a father and why was it hard?
  • What do you remember about the day your children were born?
  • How did you decide on your children’s names?

About His Own Family

  • What do you remember most about your own dad?
  • Is there anything that you wish you had asked your parents but didn’t?
  • What do you appreciate most about your parents?
  • Tell me about a favorite family holiday tradition.
  • What are your favorite stories told by your grandparents?

About His Personal Views

  • What are the three happiest moments in your life so far?
  • What world/local events have had the most impact on you?
  • Is there anything you always wanted to tell me but never have?
  • How would you like to be remembered?

What do you want people to say about you?

This is another way to approach gathering stories – how he wants others to remember him.

Honest. Spiritual. Worked hard. Good friend. Helped others. Generous. Made us laugh. Loved life. Had our best in mind. Proud of his family. Loved his family. Always had a smile. Wise. Someone you could count on.

What to do with His Stories

Here’s a few articles that may give you a little inspiration on how you might share his stories.

World’s Best Father Photo Project by Dave Engledow

28 Historical Photos of Dads Doing Dad Things

40 Heart-Melting Images of Dads Meeting Their Babies for the First Time

19 Heartwarming Photos of Fathers and Their Children

Like Father, Like Son, Dads and their Mini-Mes


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