And/Or other important, elder-folk in your life. It sounds macabre, but you will enjoy knowing these things before it is too late to ask! Listen. Write their answers down. You won't ever regret it. Call them RIGHT NOW TODAY.
  1. What is your happiest memory?
  2. Tell me the story of my birth.
  3. Show me how to make [insert favorite family recipe here].
  4. What "Life Lessons" do you have for me?
  5. What was I like as a baby?
  6. What were YOUR parents like?
  7. What other baby names did you consider?
  8. What is your earliest memory?
  9. What were you like as a kid?
  10. What were your grandparents like?
  11. Tell me about your first boyfriend/girlfriend. Tell me about how you [Mom and Dad] first met.
  12. What are your biggest regrets?
  13. What are you most proud of accomplishing (besides making me)?
  14. How are you and I alike/different?
  15. Tell me about your childhood friends.
  16. What were you like in high school?
  17. How would you like to be remembered?
  18. What did you throw away that you wish you had saved?
  19. Tell me the story behind [a photo in a photo album you want to know about].
  20. Tell me about a favorite pet. A favorite book. Tell me about [this household knick knack that you've never heard the story behind].
  21. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  22. Tell me about your first job.
  23. Tell me some funny family stories about [name a relative].
  24. Tell me about the day you were married.
  25. What is the topmost thing on your bucket list?
    As soon as they tell you, start working on making it come true for them (and be part of the experience, if possible!)