The average person moves several times in a lifetime. Each place we live creates a unique set of circumstances – new friends, new places to shop, eat and be entertained, etc. Today we’ll examine your memories associated with the places you’ve lived.
To start, list the places you’ve lived, in chronological order. Include the street addresses, if you can. Then write as much as you can about each place:
• How big was it? One story or more? How many rooms?
• What color was it?
• How was it constructed: wood, brick, stucco, stone, etc.?
• Were there any special landscaping features that distinguished it?
• Was the house comfortable for the local climate?
• How many people lived there? List relatives and non-relatives for each location.
• What was your favorite room in the house? Why?
• Describe your bedroom. Where was it located in the house?
• Did your house have a basement or attic? If so, how did you use the space?
• Briefly describe your neighborhood and how your residence fit in.
• Do you have any special memories associated with this particular residence?
• Describe your feelings as you moved in or left from this location. What did you like or dislike about it?
Many of us spent significant time in the homes of others, such as grandparents or close friends. If you have strong memories associated with homes of others, write about them, too. Use your photos to assist you, or talk to others who may have shared experiences from that particular time and place.
Then, add this information at the appropriate spot in your timeline.
Tomorrow: We’ll look at the special people in your life.
This is Lesson No. 8 of a mini-course on how to write a personal history. The course will continue throughout May, which is Personal History Month. To get future lessons delivered to you, you may subscribe to our RSS feed or get e-mail delivery to your inbox. It’s easy. Details can be found in the column to the left of this post.