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Disappointed by reaction...
on October 26, 2007
I bought these books for my mother, mother-in-law, and father to fill out for my daughter. I knew that they would be quite a project to fill out, but I didn't expect the reactions I got from my mother and mother-in-law about them. Seems as if they were a little overwhelmed at the prospect of revealing their lives in such a way (in writing)-- They are both in their early 60's and were taking the questions so literally it was frustrating for me to even talk about filling out the books with them! Maybe they both have some sort of weird inability to sugar-coat anything, I don't know! My mom asked, "what do you want me to do, lie?" Like the question- Where did you go for family trips? My mother said "we didn't have any money, we didn't go anywhere." and proceeded to tell me that she had a very boring life, she started her family at 17, didn't have much money untill they were older, and had nothing to write about.... which left me feeling depressed, and apologetic for even giving her the book!
I had such high hopes for these books, I think they are great gifts for the right people. I wish my relatives were a little more open to this sort of thing, I would've loved to have something like this filled out by my own grandmother, who died when I was 3. If you think the recipient will oblige, then I would definately recommend it.... but just a warning from someone who found out the hard way, not everyone is open to this kind of thing!