Monday, May 4, 2015

Not So Calm After all

Jacob Evans


Not So Calm After all

 So it all started by me calling up my grandma.  I was hanging out in my room and I asked her if I could interview her because I have to interview someone who is 60 years or over, and she turned 60 last June. She laughed and said, “Of course Jake.  I would love to!”  Next I asked her what she was doing right then and she said that she was in her car about to go grocery shopping, because she had just got finished with work.  She said we could do the interview over the phone because she wasn’t driving.  I chose to interview my grandma because I wanted to know more about her childhood and life.
            I call her grandma but her real name is Mary Kathleen Stenger.  She was born on June 14, 1954.  My grandma is pretty tall. I would say she is about 6 inches taller than me.  She has a blond hair color that is lighter than mine.  Her eyes are a bluish green and she has a nice smile.  Her voice is calm and soothing.  She rarely raises her voice.  She has a very enthusiastic personality and is always very cheerful.  When I was interviewing her, she easily remembered all the answers.  She had a really good memory.  She would take a few seconds to respond to my questions.  When she answered she was very precise in her words and I got a good idea of her memories.

I asked my grandma five questions.  The first question I asked was: What was your favorite childhood memory?  After some thought she said that there are so many but she loved her vacations with her family at Hume Lake. “I love to be outdoors and in the water.”  She said that there was not much water near where she lived growing up in Los Angeles, California.  The next question I asked was: What is the biggest difference you see between your generation and my generation?  She said, “My generation didn’t worry as much.”  She said that it is more complicated in my time than her time because I have to learn how to use all of these electronics and phones and she just kind of did what she wanted because she couldn’t call her parents or anything.

            The third question I asked was: In all your life, what do you think the most exciting thing was?  She said that having quadruplets was the most exciting because it changed her life forever, her perspective, and she learned a lot that she would not have learned.  She said, “I was really scared when I found out but it turned into happiness and excitement.”  The fourth question I asked was: What was popular when you were a kid?  She smiled and said, “The Beatles!”  She said that the band was very cool and changed music forever.  When she was a kid she said her favorite type of music was rock and roll because it was fun and funky, and she loved to dance. 

The last question I asked was: When you were a nurse what was the craziest thing that you did?  She said that her most memorable moment was being a nurse in the ICU to President Reagan and James Brady.  She was on her way to the hospital and saw all the blood.  She was one of the first people there.  She was in shock because she saw the blood and the president.  She said she remembers hearing it perfectly, “On 3 pull his feet up. 1, 2, 3!”  They pulled up his feet onto the gurney and he responded to them.  She personally was the first to tell the President’s wife, “Your husband is ok and his brain is working!”  She said that she will always cherish being able to help the President of the United States. 

            I learned a lot from interviewing my grandma.  The most surprising thing I heard was of her taking care of the President.  My grandma is always so calm that I was shocked to hear of all the excitement she has experienced throughout her life. I also heard how different life was before cell phones and electronics.  I didn’t know that when she was growing up, they didn’t have phones to call their parents all the time, so they would just get to go out and have fun.  In conclusion, I learned that my grandma lived and still lives an exciting life and isn’t so calm after all. 


At May 7, 2015 at 9:28 PM , Blogger Mark Coward said...

Most excellent job Jake! Loved it. You are very lucky to have such a great grandma.


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