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:
She had been up and down at least 4 times between 8:30 and 12:30.
I HAD LOTS OF DIET COKE AT DINNER.
Okay, Char but we still have to go to sleep. Are you hot?
YES, VERRRRYYYYY HOT.
Uh, you definitely feel like you have a fever.
I’M VERRRRYYYYY SICK.
Okay, here’s some medicine. Go to sleep.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON WE ARE WAITIN IN THE WINS FOR YOUUUUU WHEN YOU NEVER BAT TOWN YOU NEVER NEED TO TAKE YOUR TIMMMMEEEEE Charlotte. I need you to stop singing “Hamilton” and go back to sleep.
Okay Mommy. *angeweka ewyza and peddy. the sky-wer sistas*
1:30am: Jameson starts to cough until he gags. And he *had* thrown up twice between 4 and 5pm.
Hi, Jay. Do you want some juice (Pedialyte)?
Do you want me to rock you?
Do you want medicine?
Why am I even asking you what you want.
Most days I spend some time reminding myself that I’m the adult. I have to make the tough calls. Like force-feeding my son homeopathic cough syrup that’s basically just honey because I HAVE GOT TO GET SOME SLEEP FOR THE LOVE.
1:30-2:45 Repeat twice more with both kids. Rock Jameson until he falls asleep x3, while watching “Chelsea Does Marriage” with no volume, only captions because what else am I going to while he whines very LOUDLY and DRAMATICALLY when I put him down in his bed. It’s pretty good, by the way. Mom-life: Where it’s easier to stay awake for 3 hours in the middle of the night than to slowly torture yourself trying to fall asleep in-between wake-ups.