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An Interview With My Mom
Published on Sunday, May 9, 2010 by

Thank you to Carmen for this wonderful idea.  She interviewed her mother and posted it in honor of Mother’s Day.  So last night my mom and I sat down for a fun and tear-filled interview.  Yes, those tears were mine.  Would you expect anything less?

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  • What is your earliest memory?

That is easy.  My brother and I shared a room in the house we had at College Point.  He had a bed and I was in a crib.  I looked out of the crib and saw my parents through the door at the kitchen table drinking coffee and talking.

  • What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a Rockette.  I also planned on being a cowgirl with a white horse and my name would be Kate.  I had passing thoughts about being a movie star but I decided against that because movie stars were always shown on screen in their slips and I knew I would be too embarrassed for that.

  • If you could do anything now, what would you do?  Why?

I think I’m doing pretty much what I want to do now.

  • When did you first find out that you’d be a parent? How did you feel?

I thought I might be pregnant and went to the doctor.  Your father was very excited and raced home, but I had to tell him they wouldn’t give me any information and made me schedule a second appointment.  I found out I was expecting during my second appointment and was excited for your father to get home so I could tell him.  In those days you didn’t really say, “I’m pregnant.”  So when he came in I said, “We are going to have a baby!”  He picked me up and danced me around the room.

  • How did you choose my name?

I wanted to name you after my mother and luckily I loved her name. Her name was originally spelled with a “K,” which was the German way to spell it.  But it was hard to be a foreigner in those days, so she changed it to a “C” to fit in.  She later told me she wished she had left the “K” on her name.

  • What was I like as a baby? As a young child?

Most of the time you were easy going and a very good girl as a baby.  But you had a curl on your forehead and you were just like “the little girl who had a little curl.”  When you decided you were done being good, that was IT.  As a child, you always woke up with a smile on your face, which your Dad loved.

  • What are you most proud of?

Other than my children, the fact that I can be independent.  Having grown up at home and gone to college at home, I was still able to be independent when your Dad was on cruise.  Now that he is gone I have managed to keep taking care of myself.

  • How would you like to be remembered?

Of course I want people to remember how much I love my children and grandchildren.  And again, that I was independent.  I didn’t stay home to be a “poor old widow.”  Rather I keep busy, always seeking new knowledge.  I am never bored because there is always something to see and do and be curious about.

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