Happy Labor Day! Typically, our Labor Day holidays are filled with picnics, swim parties, beach trips, and concerts in the park. However, if you are a family caregiver and you’re searching for a low-key approach to celebrating the holiday, consider crafting a living history of your loved one’s early work experiences.
Our loved ones have a wealth of life experience and learning more about their early careers or first jobs is an excellent way to build a multi-generational bridge that brings shared experiences and long forgotten adventures to the family history.
Here’s a few questions to get you started.
1. What was your first job?
2. How much did your job pay?
3. What skills did you learn on the job?
4. What did you like most about your job?
5. What did you like least about your job?
6. What was your favorite job?
7. How did you select your career? Or, did your career choose you?
8. Who were some of your workplace friends?
9. Did you travel to exotic or interesting locations during your career?
10. If you could choose a new career today, what would you choose? And why?
Building a living history with your loved one is an excellent way to share experiences, encourage interaction with grandchildren, and learn a bit more about your loved one’s hopes and dreams.
Enjoy your Labor Day celebration and consider a living history a labor of love. There are several websites such as this one on oral history that have formats and suggestions for your project.
Did you learn something unexpected during your living history interview? If so, please share your experience with our readers.