StoryCorps, a New York-based organization, is launching an oral history project with the National Day of Listening, encouraging people to interview a family member about their life.
Spokesperson Marisa Karplus says the holiday lets your loved ones know that their stories matter to you, and honors their lives.
She describes, The act of asking is where the magic is. You can learn things you didnt know about your family. There are stories youve never heard because youve never asked.
Though she admits that not all families are forthright about their past, Karplus says most people will open up if they can tell you really care.
She says, You dont want to pressure or push, but try to convince them. 99 percent of the time theyre happy they did it.
Feeding grandma a few drinks will also help unbutton those lips on sordid family history.
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