The questions we never asked

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We’ve all had a great deal of time on our hands, A. to watch television, B. to eat snacks, C. to read, and to be with each other for 24 straight hours actually causing no harm to anyone that comes within “social distancing” range. This may be one of the few times that we are finding time to talk to our family, rather than instructing: make your bed, take out the garbage, do your homework (if there is any). Sometimes this is our only daily conversation, but do you know there may be more.

Maybe this is the time to actually talk to each other and find out about family members, who they are, what they are or were, or some of the stories we remember, that maybe, just maybe, would be of interest.

How is it possible, we know so little about our parents and grandparents and even great-grandparents? Here is the answer – we never asked that question.

I love the ad that talks about checking your DNA…. find out about your ancestry. What difference would it make to know If I came from a castle in Transylvania, if I can’t ask the Count, who lived there, about his childhood…his playmates…. or when did he start drinking blood for a hobby? I found out by accident that my father, who was a doctor, once repaired the busted nose of middleweight champion, Jake La Motta after a fight at Madison Square Garden. My father was making some extra money as a “cut” man at the legendary Garden, and it just so happened that La Motta was fighting that night. For his efforts, the “Raging Bull” gave my father a hundred dollars. A story I never would have known unless it just slipped out.

We miss these stories about our parents unless we ask, or it just comes out. The Internet has given us more information than ever before, but it’s about someone else, or something else. We Google something every day, but we know nothing of ourselves… where do we come from? What kind of life did our parents and grandparents have? What stories could they tell?

You have stories to tell… your life, growing up…school days, mishaps, funny stories, but they’re yours. Who is going to really know about you, if you don’t tell them? Kids don’t ask questions when they’re kids, but if you tell them about you, they’ll remember.

A great song by Barbra Streisand and the theme song for the movie, The Way We Were, describes these memories. Listen to this song and get motivated to tell your kids your story.

And by the way, here is an interesting story… I stood in line for 4 hours trying to be an extra for that film… but that’s my story to tell.

TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT IS…. IT’S JUST AS I SEE IT!

SOURCELeonard F. Baer
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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000. Leonard is a Guest Contributor of The Silver Life.

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