This Thanksgiving, ask...then listen.
If you're gathering with family or friends tomorrow, take a break from the turkey and stuffing, the football, and the wine, to practice the lost art of conversation. Go beyond the small talk, the venting and other meaningless chatter, to try to learn more about the person sitting next to you. Maybe it's a cousin, aunt/uncle, grandparent, or dear friend. Maybe it's even a parent or spouse--someone you think you know everything there is to know. But chances are, there is more left to learn. If you like to write, there is nothing like a good conversation to provide source material and inspiration for the next story, blog, or novel in you.
So this Thanksgiving, I challenge you to drop the turkey leg and have a meaningful chat. This is a great exercise for kids as well as adults. Ask... then listen. Jot down notes if you feel inspired. Regardless of the end goal, you'll learn something new and get to the root of what this beautiful holiday is all about. Here are some questions to get you started.
Good questions for elders:
1. What did you like to do for fun as a child?
2. How is Thanksgiving different now than when you were a kid?
3. What is the worst thing you ever did?
4. If you could tell your young self one thing, what would it be?
Good questions for peers:
1. What do you still hope to accomlish in life?
2. What are your proudest of?
3. Tell me about your worst kitchen disaster.
4. What are you most thankful for?
From my family to yours, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! - Nora
Nora Kerr is the owner of Memoir for Me, offering writing and layout services to capture a life story.