This is one of my most favorite blog posts, and one of the best things I think I’ve ever done. When I was in grad school for my MSW (feels like an actual lifetime ago), I had the opportunity to participate in StoryCorps. For those not familiar, StoryCorps is a non-profit that seeks to preserve oral history. When you record with them, it’s recorded on professional radio equipment, you get a CD of the 30-40 minute interview and a picture of the two people who were interviewed. It is also filed in the National Archives.
When I interviewed Granny, all of my questions were my own and with very few interjections by the woman facilitating the recording equipment, it was just Granny and I steering the conversation. Even in this brief interview, I learned things about her I didn’t know before.
It was and is the best gift I’ve already given to my children and my grandchildren.
Listen to the interview below: