Kathleen MacMahon: Talk to your elders about their lives while you can

The opportunity we have to properly ask our parents and grandparents about the past is a fleeting one, and many of us fail to act on it until it’s too late

Parents and grandparents have a wealth of knowledge and memories, but it may be lost if they’re not asked about it. Picture: Getty

It’s hard to sell family history to young people. We humans have a tendency to become interested in the past only belatedly as we age. The problem with this syndrome is that the eye-witnesses are all gone by the time we go looking for them. I’ve seen it happen over and over again in my own family.

The bohemian and highly unusual life my mother had as a child was of much less interest to ...