Ten things my family doesn’t know about me

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Sometimes what makes us so special are the things people don’t know about us, but don’t keep them secret – it’s time to share.

Would your children be surprised to know you used to be afraid of the dark? Or maybe you had an imaginary friend, won a gold medal in a swimming race, got stuck in a lift, built a treehouse, backpacked around India, or had a secret desire to be an astronaut?

Perhaps you’re keeping it secret that you were the kind of child who was always in trouble? Or is there a truly embarrassing moment that you finally feel ready to open up about? Some secrets you may take to the grave with you, while others are worth sharing while there’s still the chance. This is your opportunity to tell your family and friends 10 things they may be surprised to find out about you.

It was John Churton Collins who said: “If we knew each other’s secrets, what comforts we should find.”

Why not share more of yourself with your family and see what comforts you find?


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Total Comments: 3
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    I also think that a short history of yourself should be recorded for any family in the future researching the family tree. Make it a story type record starting at the beginning and moving on until the present day. I recently joined a Facebook page for my old home town and I have been surprised with the things that I thought I had forgotten that have popped up with a little bit of prompting. I had a birthday celebration recently and the talk got around to photos which resulted in my parents photo album. I didn’t know a lot of the people in there and my son was amazed at family members he never knew existed. Talk got around about likenesses for subsequent generations with comparisons at various age groups.

    This brings up another point that I feel is essential, put names on photos. Either print them out and write on the back or use a Paint program to write the names at the bottom of the photo. How many of us have old school photos without names on the reverse and can’t name half the class? When we go, all of the information we hold in our heads goes with us.

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    Couldn’t agree more. It just so happens that I have been involved in an identical project with the local U3A for the past three years. Only one problem……it gets just too big far too soon. I’ve edited and re edited to cut it down to size and every time I do I end up generating more as my memory cuts and adds to what I “know” about my past.

    So, be warned..your knowledge expands as you think more and more about what where you have been and what you have done…..especially when you are approaching 87 as I am.


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      Good on you Richard. I wonder if you are doing a disservice by editing what you think is not important because it may mean a lot to others. It may tie in to something they already have and solves a mystery. I recall a friend who was telling me about his time during WWII as a lad and how they lived near an artillery unit. He was amused that when the guns were fired, a runner came around asking all residents to open windows because of the recoil from the guns and the affect on air pressure so windows weren’t smashed. He didn’t think it important but an historian from the Royal Australian Artillery heard about it and it helped his work into a particular type of gun.



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