Monday, May 7, 2012

Interviewing Mom

This Mother's Day is going to be a special one. We'll have four generations and four moms! My mother is visiting from California. My mother-in-law lives here in town. My granddaughter will be with me on my first Mother's Day as a grandmother, along with her mom (my daughter-in-law), of course. Between us we have 138 years of being mothers.
Four generations: Me, My Mother holding Anna, My Son, Daniel
I intend to do some interviewing this Mother's Day, maybe even make a few video clips for future generations. I've talked to a few women recently who said they haven't heard their mother's voice since she passed away and children who don't remember what Grandma's accent sounded like. 

My granddaughter, Anna has met two of her great grandmothers. I sincerely hope they live long enough for her to remember them. But they'd have to live quite long for her to remember the sound of their voices. One of my great grandmothers, whom I remember for giving me my "first paper money" passed away when I was 6 1/2. I remember her giving me my first dollar bill and then being so impressed several days later that I hadn't spent it that she gave me another "to keep it company" but I don't remember what her voice sounded like.
My Mother-in-Law with my granddaughter

So what will I ask the mothers? Some questions about things we might have heard before, or things we possibly don't know, questions about "the good old days"--how good were they? About their parents, their courtships, their thoughts on becoming mothers.

If you are blessed enough to be able to celebrate Mother's Day with your mother or grandmother, you might want to try this too. Ask everyone, to come up with a question or two. If you are a homeschooling mom you can make this a project!
My Daughter-in-Law with my Granddaughter
To get you started, here are some of the questions I hope to use.

  1. What is the first event you remember that would have been in the newspapers?
  2. What memories do you have of before you went to school?
  3. What was your favorite subject in school?
  4. What did you think you would be when you grew up?
  5. Who was your first crush on? What happened to him?
  6. What extra-curricular activities were you involved in in high school?
  7. Tell us about your first date or visit with Dad.
  8. How did you know he was the one for you.
  9. What did you fear about motherhood before your first child was born? 
  10. How did you choose your children's names?
I'm sure every question will bring to mind others. I'm really looking forward to this time together. 

So, Mom, be forewarned!

1 comment:

  1. Great questions! I'd also ask, what was your first memory? What do you wish you'd known when you started your first job? When you got married? When you had your first child? What do you wish you had done?



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