Questions To Ask a Grandmother, Mother, or Great-Grandmother

Nana and her girls

Nana 101 years old, 2014

We are celebrating my husband’s great-grandmother’s 101st birthday soon. Seriously! And she’s no ordinary old lady, if I can say that without offending anyone. She is Amazing. We have nice conversations, and we walk the halls of her old-folks home while she comments on how everyone is so “old” here. She reads 4 books in less than 2 weeks, puts on her makeup everyday, has her nails painted, and her hair done…in short she is a very Hot ticket, and I pray that I can even function that well at 80 let alone 101.

I thought it would be nice to get the girls involved in getting to know a little bit about her, and what her life has been like. That seems a very overwhelming task, and while my kids love their nana, they need specific questions to guide them in this process. I used the following questions as my starting point:

1. Whom are you named after?
2. What was the house you grew up in like?
3. What languages were spoken in your home?
4. How did you celebrate holidays?Favorite holiday?
5. Where did you go to school? What were your favorite subjects?
6. What did you want to be when you grew up?
7. How did you spend your summer vacations?
8. (If married) How did you meet your spouse? What were your courtship and wedding like?
9. Who have been your role models?
10. What words of wisdom would you pass on to your great-grandchildren?

Adapted From the Jewish Women’s Archive,, accessed 3/26/2014.

After visiting her today and getting some of the answers, I decided that I have some new questions too for the next time I visit her. I am planning to put the answers in a photo book with scanned images of her and our family. If I give one to all the kids and grandkids that would be 3+8 books. I think they’ll love it and I think she will too.

Any suggestions on what websites have great photobooks?  Anyone done this type of project before?