Today with my Brookdale buddy I did not even finish chapter five. This puts my partner and I behind. We had to finish chapter three and four also, which we finished, but now we are four chapters behind instead of two, which I would rather be behind two than four. It is what it is because for the second week in a row we have been having camera problems and our lady, Kirsten, gets side tracked and have to always get back on point. Today I learned more about her kids, this did not of course get on film, and how small her immediate family is. Her and I also talked about how people's opinion change over the years and how the views of the world change as will. I found this interesting because we have a lot of the same opinions and it made me feel more connected to Kirsten because before I did not feel as much as a connection.
This visit has been my favorite so far. Now that I have gotten more comfortable with our buddy Doreen I found it so much easier to talk to her and have fun and interesting conversations. At first Doreen seemed like a very shy, very neutral, and a very sort of closed off lady. She seemed on the fence with opening up her life to us. After this third time talking with her I found that she truly has a happy life and has had many interesting and fun adventures/stories that she was super open to telling us. I just loved how when we would ask her a question she would go on talking about herself and her experiences in great detail and sometimes end up talking about something else that tied with it. We also had a lot of fun talking about her love life while she answered with a smile and a laugh the entire time. This visit made me feel really happy about my future because of how great and eventful hers turned out to be. I also found that this visit was a lot of fun because we all have gotten so comfortable with each other that we were really able to enjoy ourselves and enjoy talking with her. And I learned even more so that she is a really awesome lady. :)
Doreen is an awesome lady! She has so much energy and positivity, which I admire. Like Eli said above, she did seem pretty closed off and wasn't too sure about telling us all about her life. I was really surprised when she was talking about her love life and romance and stuff and she told us that she dated someone her age, then later on she dated his older brother! That was something interesting I found in the interview. I believed that she was a somewhat shy person before this, but today I feel all of that went away because know that she knows the whole group, everyone was there, it was easier for her to communicate with us and in turn easier for us to ask her the interview questions. Another thought I had about her was that she was a dog person because last time we talked to her, she talked about how much she loved her dog she had as a child, but I was surprised to find that she had a cat. The cat was a pretty white cat and it just sat there like examining us for a couple minutes before leaving. Anyways, I learned that senior citizens are great and can be just as full of life as we are. :)
I enjoyed this meeting a lot more than the previous one. Last time, I thought that my Brookdale Buddy, Rosalie, had a pretty "linear" life. From what she told us during that first meeting, it seemed like she didn't experience a lot of hardship in her life especially after she kept repeating how she had a plain, but happy life. However, on this meeting she was able to tell my partners and I a little bit more about some difficult parts of her life, specifically when she told us about her son passing away a few years ago because of a motorcycle accident. She also told us more stories from her teenage years about her making some poor decisions, as she put it. This all changed my view of her by her telling us these stories and opening up to us so much. I also now feel like we are all a lot more comfortable with each other now that she was able to talk about her hardships. I learned from her life a lot today and I am definitely looking forward to our next meeting.
My buddy Dani is in the hospital so we were not able to meet with her today. Instead my group and I walked around trying to get an interview with a worker. We ended up getting one and a question. The second lady we tried to interview had to leave because of an emergency. All the others we talked with were to busy to be interviewed. Then when we were not able to get anymore interviews we stated getting shots of the elderly doing everyday things.
I really enjoyed my time with my Brookdale buddy today. I learned so much about him and his love life. I first thought in our first visit that he never really wanted to elaborate that much on his stores or his past life, but today it was almost like he had a whole bunch of energy and shared a lot more details with his life. So far throughout this project I have found it so interesting to see the differences between our different generations. I find it really interesting to learn and hear about my buddies life and see how this one person has done so much and he is here with me and telling me the story.
My brookdale buddy has short term memory, so she sort of repeated a lot of what she said last week, but she did say some things that we did not know about her. Although she was a very serious catholic growing up and she believed in having one husband for life, she divorced after the husband wanted 1 boy and 1 girl, but on their second child they had another boy. This was really shocking to me, because they were both very religious and morally sound, yet the husband didn't want the second kid because it wasn't a girl..................
I really enjoyed today. I had a learned a lot more today. The first interview we filmed, I had already learned alot about him, and was ready to learn more. But today, he did tell us things we did not expect. When we first met him, his wife had told us he was in the FBI, but we learned that hew was a criminal investigator instead. He has the same title, special agent, and worked with them, and was affiliated with them. We also learned other things, and he was just so much fun to talk to. We got to learn about his romance, and his young life, and the problem was our camera, which died eventually. I can't wait to meet him again, and really get into his past.
I really enjoyed talking to my brook Dale buddy today. She really likes to talk a lot, so it was easy to get good answers out of our questions. I really learned a lot from my Brook Dale buddy today. Even though sometimes she repeats the exact same things she said a week or two ago, She still said many interesting things that we didn't know about her. At first we talked about what she likes to do, and she really likes to travel any where, She doesn't like to stay in one place all the time. Today we talked about her life, and she had seven siblings, and she grew up in Michigan. Shes lived in California since 1968. Overall I'm glad that we got to do this project and I enjoy learning new things about my Brook Dale buddy.
This meeting with my Brookdale buddy (Harland) went really well. I did not get to meet with him last time because he was missing. But, today we caught up with him and actually got through all 8 chapters on one sitting. I learned a lot about him and his past experiences. He was a great man who did many amazing things and definitely lived a life to be proud of. He did get flustered with a few questions but actually was very equipped and ready to answer anything we threw at him. He was an astonishing person with many tales to tell.
today with my brookdale boody we went over some really imprtant and interesting aspects of her life - her marriage was the most significant in our interview.
She was married to 4 husbands in her whole life.
She got a child with her first husband (named susan).
She did not tell us very much about her second husband, but more about her third and fourth.
During her life she had a problem with money only one time, during her doughter still lived with her. Then she married her third husband also because she he was a man earning really well.
Her most interesting marriage but was with her fourth husband. It lasted for four years and when he would not have died some years ago they had still been married. One funny thing about it is that he actually asked her out at Dylan's.
All in all it was a very interesting meeting and I am not able to write the most interesting stories down she told us because they all were awesome.
I think we will be able to make a really nice and beautiful project and collection of memories (for her) based on this.
Thus I look forward to meeting her again and hearing more of her beautiful stories.
Joe had wanted to be a nuclear scientist from a very young age, however he ended up in guided missiles. When we asked him for career advice, he told me something that I had always been taught was wrong. He said that it was more important to make money in a career than enjoy yourself. This was certainly contrary to everyone who instructs young people on following their dreams when it comes to choosing a job. I personally believe that I would be happier with a lower income while doing something I love than having a higher income and wishing I were somewhere else. I cannot say that Joe's opinion changed how I feel about my career, however it did give me another perspective. He said that it is better to be able to support yourself, because otherwise you will spend your life focused on money.
Joe also gave us a few pieces of advice about relationships. He married someone who was working in the same business as him and had similar interests. He said that the most important part of a relationship should be having fun. Joe doesn't elaborate much, but he did confirm a general belief that high school relationships should be more fun than serious. Overall, I enjoyed interviewing Joe and am intrigued by his perspective on careers.
Today was really fun going to meet my Brookdale Buddy again. She was very kind and positive through out the whole interview. It was hard for her to remember certain things that we asked her. But this time she had notes written down which was really helpful for her. Her husband served in the army during WW2 and he was gone for a year and a half. She was pregnant at the time overseas with her first child. But she loved raising her child and always hoping for her husband to come home. He eventually did, and they lived to be a great loving family. I am really looking forward for my next visit with my Brookdale Buddy.
Today with my brookdale buddy (Tom) and I had a very long conversation about various stories he told me last week before we even started filming. Then vannessa was aadded to my group because I was alone which helped alot because although tom and me have a conversation more like pals this lightens up the workload by a lot and takes som stress off.Today with tom we talked alot about the war and I have never really gone in depth about his opinions on the war with him before so It was just surprising to see what he had to say, He said while he was fighting there was no doubts in his mind he was doing the right thing but now he says they were completely in the wrong and had no right to try and americanize all these other countries and get involved in wars that had nothing to do with them.
This meeting went well, except for a few technical difficulties. But Paul got a kick out of some of the questions the class had come up with and was happy to talk. He even had how he met his wife written out! What I've learned from him so far is to work hard and live simply and things will work out. He never really got into trouble as a kid and worked hard at his jobs through out his life. Some of his favorite moments were spent fishing with his wife and when his daughters were born. He has gotten to go all over North America and Europe because of all the hard work he put into his life early on. And his stories also confirmed my belief that nothing is a coincidence. He met his first wife by chance at a roller skating rink, and they ended up getting engaged six months later and were married for the rest of her life. On our first meeting with him he didn't talk very much, but now he's comfortable talking and I'm excited to see how the project turns out, especially now that we have introduced the art portion of the project.
Today our Brookdale Buddy, Mary Krechter was ready to be interviewed, once again. Today's interview really confirmed my belief from my last post. I am so amazed at how ones life can shange in the blink of an eye and that when we are older we live the affects of the choices that we made when we were younger. Interviewing Mary today really backed up these beliefs because we heard once again, but this time in more detail, about what choices she and her brothers and sisters had made when they were younger and how, for example those choices have left her one of the only family members still alive today. Today one of my beliefs was expanded by a story that Mary told us. She told us how, when she got out of highschool, she went to nursing school and became a nurse. Later in her life this decision actually saved someon else's life wehn Mary performed CPR on a relative of hers. This story shows me that decisions that we make can also impact other people's lives, sometimes even being the difference between life and death.
My buddy made me think confirmed my suspicion that getting old had an adverse effect on her. She was a model- and modeling is an occupation where beauty and youth are most important. She got depressed when she realized that what she had was fading away, but she was able to get passed that. She figured out there are more things to do in life.
What was most surprising to me was how early people married. She was proposed to at sixteen, as part of a school project to send mail to the world war soldiers. She sent a photo of herself at his request, and he replied by asking her to marry him, when they hadn't even met in person yet. According to census statistics, (https://www.census.gov/hhes/families/files/graphics/MS-2.pdf), the median age for a first mariage has increased exponentially, with medians as low as 20 years of age in th 1950s. This is such a weird idea, that I could already be married if I was just born a few decades earlier.
It was nice seeing Nancy again. This time around we did not go into much depth and her answers were not so complete. But they were more detailed and put together than our last trial. She often kept on wanting to refer to her picture albums and hoped that the pictures would better express her emotions rather then her own words. I would like to incorporate her pictures into the video a lot more since they mean so much to her and clearly help her express her memories and emotions.
Today we went into more depth with her love life and husband. She said that her and her friends were a popular group and i could tell that she was proud of it haha. She said that her and her friends were popular with the boys and that she had been around. She did not remmeber any details or specific events, but she did remember how she met her husband and her wedding. If we do get another opprotunity I would like to go more in depth about her about her vacations and how she traveled around the world with her friend.
Todays meeting went well. Paul seems to enjoy what we are coin and was exited to be interviewed. He changed my perspective on the fact that you really have to work hard for everything in life. He spent his whole life working as hard as he could while enjoying it at the same time. I saw this kinda inspirational because i don't want to spend my life working but at the same time i don't want to be broke so he showed how people can have a good balance of the two.
My experience with Helen was a lesson in and of itself. I was initially worried that she would be unable to complete the interviews, as she had a lot of trouble answering most of my initial questions. However, I ended up learning a lot about her and her experiences! She was a pilot, and felt the most free when she was flying. She said she never drove anywhere, she only flew! She met her husband on a date with another man, and immediately knew he was the one for her. They got married quickly, then her husband left to serve in the army (during WWII) while she was pregnant with their first child. She worked as a clerk at a mechanical pencil factory, and was even recruited to sing in a couple of bands. Helen also expressed how grateful she was to be so lucky in life. That kind of appreciation made me really admire her. Through my interview with her, I have learned that first impressions are not always accurate. Also, I want to learn how to fly now! It might be stressful, but Helen said learning to fly was one of the best decisions she ever made, and that being in the air is spectacular.
For our second interview our brook dale buddy did better compared to our first. Nancy was much more comfortable but still had trouble remembering. She remembers general information but nothing specific. She is constantly talking about her photos though and I can tell it's her way of getting out of a question if she doesn't remember . Some new information I learned was that she met her husband because he was dating her cousin and she use to be very out going. For out next interview I would like to get to know about what she did after her husband pasted away and how she ended up at brook dale.
Today we went to see our Brookdale buddies and I felt this was meeting was much better because she was not as mad this time. I felt that we also got some great info about her marriage. She was a little shy on some questions or she just forgot them. We went in really deep into her love life as a teen and adult. This time she was more willing to answer the questions. This meeting was kind of cool because it was nice to see how much she loved her husband. She was really sad when he passed away. That's why she got into writing poems.
My group's buddy was still in the hospital this week, I still hope for recovery without complications for her. What my group ended up doing was walking around the actual Brookdale place looking for employees we could interview. We ended getting one interview and a question from another before she had an emergency to attend to. Overall, it was an interesting experience today, because I hadn't really thought of the work that goes into making sure everything runs smoothly and comfortably for the seniors.
Today went really well with my buddy, Paul. We did have quite a few difficulties with camera storage and memory card issues in the beginning, but it evened out. A belief that I heard from Paul that I agreed with is that even if you make mistakes, you can clean them up and find solutions. Something that I learned from him today that changed a belief I had is that you should always save your money up for a rainy day or something that will really need it. I used to believe that you didn't necessarily need to ALWAYS save it, but he made it pretty clear (at least to me), that you won't necessarily know what will happen in the future.
Today Mary my brook dale buddy shared a lot about her family, before WWII, during, and after. It's very sad to know that all of hers brothers we're drafted and all but one actually served. I found out that when the bombing of pearl harbor happened it was shown on T.V. for the nation to watch in horror. When the war broke out that the government needed nurses to go to war. So in order to fill the deployed nurses positions they had a test for people to take to qualify to go to any school of there choosing, completely paid for to become a nurse. That is how Mary became a nurse and traveled all around the world. She knew that in her senior year of high school she had wanted to become a nurse. She said that she believed she was doing the right thing in her life. Which actually allowed for her to save her sons life as he was drawing in a pool and she had performed CPR and saved his life. This confirms and changes my belief on decisions and what I actually want to do as well as what I believe is the right choice.
We where unable to interview a resident but we did talk to two of the workers there. One of the workers has worked there for almost 11 years and enjoys it very much, she has 6 kids that most are in a teaching field and she grew up in Mexico and speaks it fluently. She shows that she really enjoys working there and one of her favorite pass times are sitting with the residences and having a good laugh with them.
Today with my buddy was very interesting she has very short term memory and would talk for ever on the same things there were a few things that she elaborated on more than others such as divorcing her husband and having to get to church after school so not to be punished by the nuns.
It was nice seeing my Brookdale buddy again! This week me and my partner were able to gain a lot more knowledge and advice from the previous week which was really great. Our buddy talked about her life during WW2 and how her husband was enlisted during the time. She talked a lot about her teenage/young adult years on how she would go out with a massive group and thats actually how she went on all her dates. She never went on a date where its a one on one scenario. Her group of friends and her dates group of friends would always meet up and go to concerts, movies, etc. Our buddy really strained away from the negative moments in her life which was completely understandable, but she provided a lot of insight on all the fun positive moments in her life. After this meeting It really made me realize that every decision we make ultimately leads to a bigger purpose in our lives. I can't wait for the next meeting!
Joe's dream job was to be involved with nuclear reactors, but right after he got out of college he went straight to working for the military and sold missiles to foreign countries. When I heard about that it made me wonder why he decided to take the other job. When we came up today he answered that question and in his words he said "you must follow wherever the money is" that confirmed my belief that unless your dream job pays great amounts, most people will leave college and go straight for the job that gives them the most money not the job they most desire.
Today was very well, albeit a little small as we had a couple technical glitches. First our camera ran out of battery, easily solved by getting another camera, then we had to figure out how to get the recording mode to start. When we finally got rolling it actually turned it out quite well. Irene talked about her love life, how she met her late husband and how they traveled around the country doing ministry work. Ministry work became such a big part of her life that we decided that's what we should do our "memory box" on for art. Getting back to her love life though, it was very straightforward with only one other man who actually introduced her to his friend who was her husband. Other things that came out of their marriage were her unable to go back to college to finish her musical degree sadly.
Today with my brookdale buddy we finished chapter eight, we went into extreme depth about her romantic life and the effect it has on her today. Although her husband, Ralph Johnson, passed away six weeks ago the memories from there first date, his proposal and even the first time they met are still fresh in her mind. Irene Johnson has always had strong religious ties and never left her home much which lead me to believe she never had much of a social or romantic life growing up, I was proved very wrong when she shared numerous stories of her dates growing up. Theres only a few that really stuck out to her thought, Irene and her husband met at freshman orientation at college, although Irene already had a boyfriend. Ralph and Irene quickly hit and off and a mer two semesters after orientation they where married at 18 years old.
Going into the interview I did not expect a lot- some attitude and sass was where my mind went. However I was wrong! She transformed from the previous interview, calling our interview "The joy of her day." How cute! This is what transformed my thoughts about the interview, but something I expected was having a lot (and I mean A LOT) of conversations about school. Karen loves schooling and education and talks about it all the time. Due to some not-so-diagnosed short term memory loss she brings it up about every ten minutes, however she is so passionate about it I cannot stop her from talking about it.
Today when interviewing my Brookdale Buddy I learned a lot about Phyllis. Phyllis is a funny old lady who is very talkative, confident, and hilarious. She told us about her and her husband whom when she first met, hated. Set told us about her loves and losses, and how she view herself. From those reflections I think that I learned a lot about her ideals. While Phyllis is comedic she also got deep about her negative experiences and how she learned to cope with the loss of her husband. Phyllis is always fun to talk to and I look forward to seeing her again.
Based on what I learned previously from my buddy, I thought her only athletic passion was ice skating, but today I learned that my buddy also enjoys golfing.
I did not have a belief or thought confirmed today regarding my buddy, but the fact that my buddy has short-term memory loss was confirmed. She was having a bad day-it was painful to see. I was the interviewer for my group. While interviewing my buddy, she was fixated on one story that she shared with my group numerous times (her eyes held tears), no matter what the question was being asked. Sometimes she would provide a very brief response to my question, but then she would repeat her same sad story. My group and I saw the saddness in her; therefore, we left early understanding she was having a bad day.
I have a grandma that I am SUPER close to-she has short-term memory loss just like my buddy. She has great days where she remebers and can follow a conversation; she has bad days where she is clueless and confused. On her bad days, she will repeat questions or stories over and over again when I am trying to have a conversation with her on the phone. It is very painful for me. For example, if someone comes to visit, she thinks they are moving near her and she will ask over and over again when they are going to move by her. I love my grandma and my Brookdale buddy.
Last night, I tried to find/buy an ice sakting picture book to read to my buddy at Barnes and Noble. Unfortunately, due to where we live they did not have a huge selection for ice skating-like zero! I found a book on Amazon and it is just perfect. I will have it to read to her on our next visit! I will leave it with her.
Today when we met with our Brookdale buddy, Dorothy, we brought up the war and how it affected her life. She told us how horrible it was and how she knew so many people that were drafted, her father was almost drafted before she was born but he got sick from eating too much food so he could weigh more. When she was talking about the tragedy of the war all that I had previously thought about the war was confirmed. She also talked about how important it was to travel the world and meet new people, I hadn't realized how important that was to shaping yourself as a person, but Dorothy says that those were the two main factors that made her the person she is today. I really like these interviews with Dorothy because I feel like I am learning so much from her, and I hope our final product will show her what an impact she has made on me.
Initially my brookdale buddy or Sherry was a little negative about herself, she said that she didn't have much interesting to say. But I believed she had something interesting to say. And after doing the interview today I learned she had a lot to say. Unfortunately due to time issues, and a few camera issues, we did not get much done.
You need to expand, what did she say?
Things are definitely more rhythmic and easy now that we've talked to our buddy a few times. He answers the questions clearly and it was really interesting to hear more about his wife and how the war affected his life. He even put out a picture of his wife and him on their wedding day, showed us his college degrees, and played his favorite song for us on his record player. I'm really interested to know about his kids and friends as of now, because we've only really brushed over it. One thing he asked for was for us to send him the questions to look over before the next filming session, which should be easy to do.
Nancy seemed really excited to get interviewed today which was inspiring. I really enjoyed hearing about her marriage but trying to get in length stories was difficult. I learned that she believed in love in first sight which was one of my favorite moments of today because she seemed so simply passionate. She gave us advice to be honest in our relationships and i really liked how simple the advice was because it can be applied to so many scenarios.
Today was my first time meeting my brook dale buddy his name is Tom. When I first met him he was very nice and he lived to talk witch made it easier to and less awkward. I started to ask the questions and he had such a easy going personality and he out a lot of detail in all his stories and it made it a lot more interesting to talk to him. As he spoked I notice he was a very intelligent man. He remembered a lot if important stories and all his stories related closely to every question I asked he was excited to talk about his life. He said he was already working on a biography of his life so this have him a great oppurtunity to tell his stories. When I would speak to him he has said he had a fulfilling life and I thought how amazing he was because he always talked about his family making a great impact in him he wasn't conceded he made it very clear that e lived his family and it was amazing experience
Today we had camera problems and I was not there for much of the time, instead trying to get a working camera and batteries for another camera. When I was there, however, it went well and we were finishing chapter 4 because we were one chapter behind. We're even more behind now, since we didn't get to film any of chapters 5-8 today. Hopefully we'll have enough time in the end! :)
I was really surprised today because our buddy was a lot more talkative than usual and I thin that caught our whole group off guard in a good way!! I really didn't think that going into today we would receive as much information as we did. Towards the beginning he was hesitant, but as time went along he got more and more talkative. He spoke about his place in the war and how it felt to live in Hawaii and report to his Marine station. He even have us a day in the life of him back in those days!
With the new questions that we had today I felt like I was able to learn a lot more about are brookdale buddy. An example of this was a question I had that I didn't want to ask ,but are brookdale buddy answered it on her own. This happened when she talked about living at brookdale and what she thought about it. She basically said that she enjoyed living there because her family could visit a lot. She also talked about how she enjoyed being there with everyone instead of being home alone.
Today went alright. We initially had problems with our camera, but we managed to straighten things out and start our interview. We got through so many question and Chaikie, went into a lot of detail for each question asked. She really has a positive attitude towards the whole project which makes it less stressful interviewing her. We learned a lot about her marriage and life around the time of war. She mentioned how her first love went to war and never came back, and how she met her husband after he served in WW2. I thought it was odd how she mentioned that the war actually united a lot of people because they all had a common enemy. Also she told us how she was a teacher but she was fired after she got pregnant because her boss was extremely religious. It was sad because you can tell how passionate she was about teaching. It was really inspiring despite her many hardships she remained such a positive outlook on life and didn't let the bad parts stick with her.
Today was an amazing day because we were at the apartment of our Brookdale buddy, Doreen and had a successful interview. We were talking about romance. That was pretty funny because Doreen opened herself and told us everything. She was talking about boyfriends, dates and her current husband. Part the war part was a little bit though because she have some horrible experience about it. She did not have food. The bomb fell in her backyard.That was a hard part for her to talk about. We met her beautiful cat Misty.She is white and so clean. She does not have a tail. I hope next time we can put the cat in Doreen's lap and record little cute cat.
I did not have a belief changed or anything. My brook dale buddy and I share the same belief. We are both self reliant, she at young age decided to move to Hawaii on her own and just let her life unfold. I see myself like, well not traveling and stuff. But not relying others and just becoming an independent person.
Today at Brookdale my partner and I got a bit behind. When we first arrived at Brookdale we couldn't find our buddy, May. It turned out that she was in the dining room having lunch and then once we were able to begin filming the SD card was full so we had to replace it. In the end we only got maybe a little over a quarter of the way through todays chapters. Without having completed much I cannot recall anything that we learned today that confirmed or changed a belief or a thought. For the most part today we learned about the first days of the relationship with her husband but discovered she couldn't recall the proposal or details about the wedding.
Today when Jonathan had to go get a new SD card it gave me a chance to talk a but more with May because I never got to have that first day to get to know her. With in this time I learned that May loves to paint and write books. She then showed me one of the books she wrote and at the end of the day gave me that copy and signed it to Jonathan and I. Even though we had some difficulties that didn't allow us to get through the whole interview I was able to learn more about May.
This meeting went pretty good. Although we did ask most of our questions last tuesday not thinking about what we would have to ask the following tuesday. She talked about world war 2 and how her brothers went to fight and how her yougest brother that was 16 faked his birth certificate so he could fight in the war. She talked about when her mother found out that two of them died she could scrub the floors with her own tears. She also talked about going to nursing school a little bit but had to come back to help her mom.
Today went well when I saw my brookdale buddy. In the first two visits was kind of shy, and would not share certain things with us. But as time went on she started to open up more and started to share some personal things. For instance she shared how the war started to affect her and that there would be rations of 1/2 a pound of meat a week. She did not ever remember being hungry though. Later she talked about her love life and how she dated her husband for 3 years then got proposed to, she expected it though. We also got to see her cat which was pretty cool but it had no tail.
During my visit with my brookdale buddy I learned things that I wouldn't have expected from her. She explained at first about how linear her life was and said she never did anything too exciting, but once we started asking her questions about her teenage years she started to explain how she made a few bad decisions, like smoking when she was 16 abd then getting caught by her dad. She also went on to explain how she defied what her parents said by dating the one boy she wasn't allowed to date. I never knew she was a teenage rebel. I can't wait to find out more teenage rebel stories.
My buddy/ homie Phyllis was really awesome yesterday! At first she seemed really shy and seemed like she didn't want to open up at all. I think it was because she was frustrated with the planning of our visits. But yesterday she knew that we were coming, she remembered our names when we came in and she was prepared with stories and information. From the things she was telling us, it's crazy how much she has been through, and she's still going and wanting to. She's a trooper!
Our brookdale buddy, Harlin, showed up today and we were able to get through both of our section 1-4 and 5-8. From him we learned about how different it was when he grew up. He was an orphan at a young age and did not have a lot growing up on a farm. He told us about his troubles and his wife, he talked about how his experiences changed his life. I thought it was very interesting and his life experiences showed his bravery and challenges.
i think that it went relatively well. We got a lot of valuable information and the filming we did was good quality. It could have gone better though because he was gone for most of it but we did get to ask a question from eqh chapter and get good responses
I love meeting with my buddy, she's very nice and remembers much from her childhood. Something happened, however, while talking to her, that shocked me. She told me that her friends from high school, the same one who had introduced her to her now husband of 24 years, lived in the home with her. This is insane. I always assumed friends were like comets- shinning bright, and passing through your life. The fact that she was able to keep friends for the entirety of her life changes this assumption, and makes me think that maybe it is possible to keep friends in your life for 40 years or more.
During my interview with Sherry, I was surprised to learn about how she gave up her dreams of being an accomplished performer, despite having a strong passion for it. She had said previously that she was "hell on wheels" in her early year, and so her giving up a rather deeply embedded dream seems weird and changed everything in her life.
Additionally, she said that despite giving up on her dreams, she considered herself a success in life, which I really liked. She had a positive outlook on what she had achieved despite not reaching in the direction she wanted, and this perfectly represented her feelings toward her early and middle life.
Things are just now starting to expand for my Brook dale buddy. I noticed we are starting to go slightly more in depth with our questions. My job was to sit behind the camera but occasionally i asked follow up questions because i was actually interested in his story. My Brook dale buddy has a buddy of his own. Sometimes they would sit together by the pool and discuss ideals, according to my buddy, his friend has very liberal ideals. This guy once visited Cuba and said that Castro's regime was working out really well for their own society. However my buddy is exceptionally open to new ideas and views. He said that he himself has been shaped and formed by many of the people he meets in his life.
Today my partner and I visited our Brookdale buddy, Janet. Our interview today on chapters 5-8 went incredible. We obtained a lot of information about her education, romance and tragedies in her life. Janet shared with us a variety of interesting stories,but one in particular confirmed my principles. Janet's mother passed away when she was only 16. Although she had her father she described her mother as her role model, someone that influenced her to be the person she is today.She stated "Even though I'm old enough to understand, its something very difficult." She explained how she went to a sociologist, and he said "Have you noticed every time your mother is mentioned you being to cry?" Janet was remarked for she had never realized that, she said " I think I never really grieved properly,not so long ago I gathered her consolation letters and I let it all out." That story taught me a life lesson which is the state of mind.That confirmed my believe that having inner peace, you will achieve great things. Its superior to anything you think isn't impossible, because if you relieve all pain you are much closer to your own pursue of happiness.
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