Today during my meeting with my Brookdale Buddy, Kirsten, I learn more about their childhood. During the meet and greet she took me so much about where she lived and her husband. I learned Kirsten age, which was 81 years old and she looks great, because she did not feel comfortable quite yet to tell me when we first meet. I learned that she didn't have any really good friends growing up and it was mostly her family, especially during WWII when the didn't really leave their house. I learned that she didn't enjoy school and only got her high school degree. Kirsten's sister went on to college and got a college degree. It is kind of funny because I really enjoy school. It was also interesting to learn that her dad was a teacher(for awhile even her teacher). I did not complete filming chapters 1-4 I got half way though chapter three because I ran out of time. My partner and I only had about twenty to twenty-five to interview. I hope I can finish the last bit of this chapter quickly and finish the next part on time.
I love your comment on how she smiled while discussing her life. It sounds like she enjoys talking to you about her experiences.
Sounds like Kirsten is opening up! :) My buddy said that her closest friends were her family members, too; I wonder if this was common at that time.
Me too! I think that this is something common within the generation.
Today meeting with my Brookdale buddy was much different than our past meeting. Dorothy seem almost tired about talking about herself. She said she would rather talk about all the interesting people she had met then go on and on about her life story. I thought this was really interesting, when ever I asked her a question about her life she would answer the question then go off on tangents, because of this we could not finish part 3. She likes telling stories, before Dorothy answers every question she pauses and you can see I smile pass over her lips while recalling a moment in time. Dorothy was also sad because when we told her we would be drawing a portrait of her she said it was a shame she would never be able to see it on account of her being blind. I am looking forward to next Tuesday to learn more about her life story.
She sounds like a really sweet lady and like she was interesting to interview. Do you know why she can no longer see?
We do not know, I talked to Mrs. Clark about how I should approach asking her about it and we decided we will ask her care taker if Dorothy would be ok with us asking her how she went blind or if it was to delicate of a subject.
She sounds so sweet, its so sad she will not bel able to see the picture but amazing she remembers her memories so well
I feel like one of the reasons she remembers so well is because she would be able to relive the memories kinda as if they were dreams because she is blind. Like maybe she's able to see what she remembers, but I'm not too educated on blindness so that could be completely wrong, but an idea.
I think it's very interesting on how she'd rather tell stories about other people and not herself. How will that effect your final product if you have more information on people she's meet rather than herself?
Through learning about the people she knew we are getting a better understanding of the person she is. She does talk about herself, she just thinks that the people around her are the ones that had huge impacts on her life and they shaped her as a person.
I really like how even though it was hard for you to do your interview that you still continued and adapted to what was going to be most successful.
This is interesting because the people that we meet make up half of our life and our personal experiences make up the other half. If you think about it.
Thats crazy, i wonder why she is tired about talking bout herself
I learned a great deal about the Joe today. I was very surprised by how dedicated he was, even as a little kid, to physics and how that influenced his career. When I asked him what his favorite book was as a kid, I was expecting to hear the name of a classic novel, but he said he loved his physics textbook. That's one determined kid. Joe also said that he wasn't influenced at all by his parents or grandparents, that he had a very clear idea of what he wanted since he was very young. His dad was an accountant and his grandfather a saddle maker, but Joe chose a career very different from his family. He also told us about what he used to do for fun with his best friend: make lead. His best friend's father owned a printing shop and they would create the bars needed for printing, just for fun. That seems so weird to me, I didn't even know how a printing shop worked. I really enjoyed talking to Joe and he elaborated a lot more on little details once he warmed up to us a bit. I am looking forward to learning more about his life.
Thats really cool how he decided on his own what he wanted to do when he grew up, what was his actual profession?
I thought it was very cute that he loved to make lead with his best friend, its interesting how different it is today
He loved his physics textbook?! That was his favorite book?! That's pretty adorable.
I was unable to talk to my buddy because she is in the hospital so could you all just be thinking of her? Thanks :)
I was in this group as well.
I will say that after meeting Dani Foster when we first went to Brookdale. I was surprised by the energy she carried. I hope she does get better, and that we get to meet her next time.
I will be thinking of her, and that she makes a speedy recovery.
I was absent from school today so I was not able to talk with my buddy.
Today we did not get to meet with our original brookdale buddys so we wound up with the sweetest woman that had lots to tell us about her childhood and how wonderful her home two
What was her name and what did you learn from her? details man...
I agree! What did you really get out of this latest visit? What made her the sweetest older lady? What kind of things did you learn about her?
I learned a lot from Phyllis today. I thought it was interesting on how busy her life has been and everything that she remembers. When we were first going to interview her she was extremely grumpy due to a scheduling conflict, but quickly opened up when she remembered who we were. I learn that while it was uncommon for women to have jobs in that time she held a job until she got married and had children, dedication. Phyllis's parents were immigrants from England and she grew up in Canada. She loves animals and has a pet cat that lives with her in the Brookdale home. I enjoy talking to Phyllis because she is a smart, entertaining, comedic, and feisty woman. I look forward to hearing what other stories she has to tell.
My buddy is similar, she was born and raised in England and worked 2 jobs there, then moved to the US. She quit her job based on the fact that she moved somewhere with her husband and she was actually going to keep working, but by then she was pregnant so she would end up taking care of the child so that stopped her.
I really like how you mentioned the difficulty of women getting jobs in that time period. Where did Phyllis work? How did Phyllis end up getting her job?
It sounds like you were lucky and got someone who really likes to talk, that's good and you should dive deeper next time you see her!
Sounds like a very interesting woman.
Today ran a little differently than expected as one of our group members was out sick, so we had to take his place as interviewer. But I learned a lot about John, our buddy. I learned the basics, but I was surprised about how much he remembered. He talked a lot about his father, and how growing up was. He looked up to his parents, and he described his father as very intelligent, or wise, even though he said his fathers education was primary. He talked just about growing up, neighborhood life, and his family. We didn't get very far, because when he started on a topic, it took him a while to finish. He shared more than our first meeting. He shared about how, as a child, he had a great sense of direction, and how people would go to him to find a way to where the needed go. He also said how he learned a lot of things by watching his mother. It is how he learned to cook. Overall, we learned a lot more, and we didn't even get far. I'm really excited to talk to him again.
it sucks that your partner was out…was it just you? But i can see that you learned a lot today, which is a little bit different from my experience
Nice! Sounds like you and your group was sill able to have a really productive visit. And sorry for being loud and laughing a bunch next door, I didn't even see your text until later that day! But it seems that you were still able to have a good time learning about our buddy's husband while she was laughing with us next door :D
Helen did not know we were coming, but she was much more reflective today! This was, in part, because her daughter, Eileen, was there to prompt her. Helen really has led an extraordinary life, and even her early years reflect that. Her father died when she was five, leaving behind five young children and a young wife. Her brothers teased her about her weight, even though she was not at all heavy, and, in retaliation, she threatened to jump out of a moving car. She had a great voice, and was recruited by several bands to be their lead singer. She worked as a clerk in a mechanical pencil factory, and was pregnant while her husband was serving during World War II. The most interesting thing to me about Helen is how enthusiastic she is about everything. She didn't have a favorite artist, song, band, book, subject, anything; she said she loved it all. I find that to be really beautiful. She is so open to experiencing everything and loves all of it.
Wow, I can't wait to see your final product, I love her philosophy on loving everything!
I learned so much from meeting my buddy today, I actually wasn't there when we initially met our buddies because I was sick. I like my buddy a lot, she is really nice and fun to talk to. She also has really interesting stories, some things she remembers as if they were yesterday but some she doesn't remember at all, which is fine of course. She could remember in so much detail about the pets she's had, anything from the number of pets, to their names, to their characteristics. She talked about growing up in England during the war and how she lived with her godmother at one point. There were really happy points in the interview when we were all laughing and that was probably one of the best points because we were not only getting everything done, but we were also having fun with our buddy.
I think it's interesting that you got an international buddy. This is probably an important perspective to have.
How old was your buddy during the war? And was she sent out of the country? I once interviewed a lady from England who escaped to Canada during the war.
Today ran different for me and my group, as our Brookdale buddy had gotten sick and was in the hospital.
I was lucky enough to sit in on another group's interview, and it was very interesting to hear what she had to say. She was full of spirit and even though I sat in for today, I can't wait to see what this group creates.
That's truly a shame about your Brookdale Buddy- I hope they make a fast recovery and are back at it next week!
Today I learned how my brookdale buddy made a living, while constantly traveling with her husband to preach she would work as a realtor. While traveling along the Southern California coast she would often sell homes, her daughter recently took up the profession and now works as a realtor in the same area as her mom. I also learned about her new grandchildren, Irene recently meet her third grandchild. Her name is Caylie.
Hunter-- I think it's really interesting that her daughter is now continuing her line of work. Did she want this to happen? Did she purposefully influence her daughter? I also think it's really interesting that you've already heard so much about your buddy's travels. Good job!
It's pretty cool how her daughter took up the same line of work. Its almost like its gonna be past on from generations to generations.
That is crazy! how did you learn all this? seems like alot of jobs to undertake at once
It was nice seeing Nancy today, interactions were a lot less awkward and everything overall had a nice flow. However, we learned nothing really new from our last visit in our interviews. It was difficult to follow up on some questions because she had trouble remembering certain events. But she did remember some things really well and did the best she could. She was eager to show us her family photos and memories. The more she talked the more she seemed to remember. It was a fantastic experience.
As a director i knew that i had to manage time and keep the entire process on track. However I found myself doing not as much as i would have likes quite often. I attempted to help my partners as much as i could by asking questions (even though i probably was not supposed to) that helped fill in some holes and add more context. I tried to keep my group on track as much as i could politely, ensuring that we would get through all 4 sections. I just wished that there was more i could do and felt a little bit useless and unneeded.
Michele-- I found a similar experience to yours today. Originally, our buddy was kind of hesitant to delve deep into information for us, but today he opened up a lot. I do wish that he had some pictures like yours did, since that would be a wonderful supplement.
Haha yea, she had this entire little set up waiting for us in her room
I think it's normal to have a little awkwardness at first, especially when you meet someone for the first time and need all their life info.
My brook dale buddy is Lou, he is a super sweet man who loves his life and his cat. It's a little hard getting information out of him but with enough practice I'm sure we can get just what we need. He did however, talk about his growing up in the times of depression and WWII. I always find it interesting meeting people who have been through huge historical events because it makes them seem so real and close to our time today. I can relate to Lou on being a little stand off-ish at first with new people and of course his love for cats!
I think a lot of the older people are a little shy at first becuase they didn't know us at first but it's cool that they started to trust us and tell us about thier life.
My group had a similar experience, we had to re-ask and rephrase questions many times in order to get an answer from our buddy
Woah! I like cats too. Anyways I agree with your historical event making them seem so real because they are the ones who were there and lived through it.
Today our group went to Brookdale hoping to get a little more information out of our buddy. We were pleasantly surprised that he had opened up a lot more than the first visit. Some things did require some prying, however, but we got a lot more information and details than we were expected, which was good.
I learned today that our buddy had to drop out of high school in junior year for drafting so he could go to college to become a radio engineer. He met his first wife, Carol, there while at a roller skating rink. He also saved his cousin's life while they were swimming in a pond and his cousin started drowning. Overall, we had a big improvement, and I'm excited to see how our project progresses.
Ok well that's cool that he opened up and you could get some more material than last tim.
I think its great that you were able to get more of his story, it seems like you get to work with a bunch of great material. I can't wait to see what your group creates.
Today I had to jump in and film for Nichole so I had to quickly learn how to use Jack's camera. Today Connor really asked our Brookdale Buddy, Mary, a lot of more specific questions about her life. It was sad at many parts because she has lost so many siblings and children to various wars. She did get emotional when she told us about how she lost many family mambers. Ther were also times when I could really see a spark of youth in her eyes and in her expressions when she told us about her childhood and school memories. What really amazed me is how I really saw how quickly your life can change paths and how you can affect your whole group of family and friends. It really made me think about how I will look back in the future and I really would like to look back favorably on the young Tristan. Through many life experiences that she told us about I realized how cool and amzing it will be one day when I will have so many stories to tell. It was an amazing project and I also belive that the Brookdale Buddies enjoyed sharing their past with us, the younger generation. I really think that we can learn so much from these kinds of people to help us navigate our future!
I want to thank you for stepping up and filling 2 roles and I really like how you can relate this to your own life through your past,present, and future!
This interview went really well! Our buddy, Paul, opened up a lot more this time. Last time he kept his answers pretty 'yes or no', but this time he elaborated more when we asked him questions and told us a lot more stories. He especially got emotional talking about how he would help his mom cook in the kitchen. He also talked about how he was really close with his brother, cousins, and step sister, and a few funny stories about them. I'm really looking forward for our next interviews and what else he will share with us.
It sounds like Paul is getting more comfortable with you guys, I am sure he will just keep continuing to open up as the weeks go on.
That's really great how your buddy opened up to you this time and how he felt comfortable enough to tell you about his closeness with his family.
I'm happy to hear he's opening up!
Its great that your buddy opened up, I had the same problem with ours and it scared me that he was going to be a boring interview. The second time around he started to talk a little more and remembered a little more interesting stories.
I really enjoyed this project a lot, I loved talking with my brook dale buddy Mary. She really opened up to me during our interview and I know at times it was hard for her to talk about her memories and experiences. I liked hearing about what it was like growing up with 15 brothers and sisters and how she was able to have relationships with all of them. It was hard at times to understand how much loss is in some peoples life and how happy they can still be. Mary had lost most of her siblings and all but 1 children of 3. She still lives life to the fullest at 89 and still hasn't had enough adventure! I really want to be able to do everything she has and I want to keep my head up like she has.
I really like how you're taking an interest in her life and you sound like you really are having a great time talking to her.
Your buddy really seemed to be quite engaging! From what your writing I can really sense your enthusiasm and how it was an enjoyable experience talking to her.
Your buddy seems interesting and she seems to have a lot to share
My buddy, Pat was very gracious and a fantastic interviewee. She was very quick to reveal all that she knew, and she had thoughtful answers.
That said, her early story was downright sad. Her parents literally left her for the circus, leaving her in a foster home. This impacted her in a negative way throughout her life; the absence of true parents made her lonely during her early years. The depression, and then the war both impacted her early life. Early on, she had a fantastic math teacher that made her really enthusiastic about math (cough cough), however she decided that she wanted to make a real impact on real things that real people did, so she majored in business in high school. She worked at a department store, tending spreadsheets for a while, before having a baby (she married at 18!), and spending her time on that.
Yeah i can relate to her too because i once had a math teacher that made me really enthusiastic about math *cough* *cough* But yeah as a new generation we should commit to raising a child, its basically one of the most basic human functions for us to have. If a naked mole rat can raise better children than a human, how much better are we than them?
This is crazy! It's crazy because most of us kids now complain about our parents and don't realize what it's like without them.
Today was very productive for filming. My buddy sure had a lot to say, however the questions we where given where put in an awkward order. One question would be something totally external, like "what games did you play?" and then the next question would be all like "tell us about your relationship with your wife?"
I have been watching Oprah almost all my life no joke and that's definitely not an Oprah tactic. I believe that we should gradually move into deeper and more internal questions the farther we get into an interview. But otherwise today was a good day, with already lots and lots of insight.
Yeah I agree that the questions were odd in order, but you could have just done it your way....
i agree with the order of the questions how they were put, however I just chose which ones flowed better together (or tried to) even if it didn't go exactly the way they were put on the paper
I agree the questions were in a weird order.
You won't supposed to ask them in that order, those were just the questions you all came up with for that chapter. You had the ability to ask whatever questions you wanted.
I thought it went really well today. My whole group was here and we had a working camera and a cooporative Brookdale buddy, which we were fortunate to have since so many groups were lacking all of these. My group's Brookdale buddy was switched since the couple that we were assigned to wasn't awake. The person that we interviewed instead was a VERY sweet and talkative old lady. She went into GREAT detail on each of the chapters, which I thought was really cool since we barely asked any of the questions and she would go on tangents and answer all of our other questions. Although I was bummed that we didn't get to interview the 100 and 98 year old couple, my attitude totally changed when I met my new buddy, she sort of reminded me of my grandma a little bit as she was laughing a lot, even at some sad things like her relatives passing away. Overall I think it went well!!
Thats great how your buddy was very talkative and how she reminded you of your grandma in some aspects!
I think that its really good that you were able to form a connection to your own family with the person you were interviewing.
Today was really interesting since I got mixed up with a different brookdale buddy. My new buddies name was Hifey. Hifey was a really interesting person to learn from since she wasn’t shy at all. That was a really great aspect about her since she was just so open about every little detail. She talked a lot about her college life and how she pretty much worked all throughout college. She mentioned how her social life wasn’t as strong compared to the high school years since when she was in college she had to go to work then study majority of the time. I thought that was really interesting because she was able to balance her intensive studies with pretty much a full time job as it seemed. My favorite part about the interview was when she mentioned that she met her first love when she was in her Junior year! It was a great way in which she described it in and especially since it was when the prom vibes were rolling around. I’m absolutely looking forward for all the upcoming interviews and all the fun filled life experiences that she has to share.
thats so amazing how she was so open with your group! I agree that is a really great aspect because it'll lead to a very successful project!!
I had the same problem as you today with finding new brookdale buddy.I think this helped everyone who this happened to alot because they had a new story to listen to.
I was so sad to have to miss my Brook-dale buddy meeting today, my buddy, Ann Taylor Durnell, is a very interesting sweet woman. I've done a little re-search into the meeting of her name, but did not get a chance to go over it with her. So, I will be calling Brook dale place to see if she can meet up with me some time this week after school.
Today I didn't get to learn as much as I did last time because I could not get to school on time. But I was able to her a story that was sort of like a poem of her life. That was very relate able! She talked about how her dad and mom told her to stay away from boys but she never listened which is very relate able for must teen girls. She showed up around her room and talked about her recent trip to the Bahamas when she went with all her friends. She has all the places shes been too on a magnet on the her fridge, places like Sydney, Vermont, Bahamas, Oregon and so on. I hope I will be able to hear more next time we get to go.
That's hilarious about her teenage phase- I'm sure we can most all relate to that in one way or another.
So today our interview was meh. The reason, I felt that our senior named Dorothy didn't really open up. She said the same things the last time we interviewed her. I didn't really learn anything interesting or new. She said that she likes to talk about celebrities and not her self. From what I can tell, she's just an adventurous person and is able to take care of her responsibilities but I already knew this on the first day we met. It's kinda lame that she repeats the same stories about her meeting this and that but doesn't talk about herself.
I agree my interview was a little repetative too.
I think that you should explain that you might be asking some repetitive questions and possibly have a more positive outlook on your interview!
I agree 100% with Emily!
I think today everyone was a little side tracked from the news this morning, and it sadly affected the interviewing process today and set everyone in a certain mindset. Despite these challenges, I loved our interview with Nancy! She couldn't remember whole stories and my interviewing skills need to be worked on, but I could tell she enjoyed having her history heard. I learned that she was Irish and she was very close to her mother and brother. She had a group of 12 best friends all throughout childhood and high school (they still keep in touch!). She loved growing up and said there weren't any hardships in the family! What I loved most was she showed us all sorts of pictures and could remember every memory within the photos!
Yeah this morning was rough. Great job talking about the things you need to work on too!
Yeah I agree, the morning's news put everyone a little off balance. However, I still think everyone did a really good job at recovering from it all and focusing on the work at hand.
Today was fun. My brookdale buddy Phyllis did not get the memo that we were meeting with her today to interview her. It was a little funny seeing her mad though. After we got situated, we got to the interview. We really covered a lot of the stuff that we talked about when we first met her. Today gave us the nitty gritty details though. She seemed really happy and like she was trying to out weigh the tragic events in her life with the positive things. Whenever she spoke about the sad things, she would always end it on a light note. She overall has an awesome spirit for someone her age.
How wonderful that your buddy did not want to bring you down! It is always fun to witness people's spirit.
Phyllis is awesome and I am glad she is our buddy. I also did enjoy how she did go deep with her past, which gave us better insight on who she is!
Today with our Brookdale buddies was a little challenging. First off, the news from this morning put everyone in a pretty weird mindset. Then sadly my original Brookdale buddy decided that she wasn't comfortable with participating in the project so I had to get a new buddy. However, I still found her very inspiring. She was so incredibly sweet and had a lot to say about WWII and how it affected her family. Her parents both worked and she had to take care of her younger brother since times were so tough for her family. Since this was the first time we had ever met with her, the beginning of the interview was a little awkward. But as the interview went on we all became more comfortable with each other and the interview started to flow a lot more smoothly.
We all seemed to have challenges with our buddies, I was looking forward to speaking to mine and hearing about his experience in WWII, but he did not show up.
To be honest I don't think I learned to much more about my brook dale buddy. She didn't seem to remember a lot which made it hard for there to be a clear story of her life so far. I learned that her parents were very strict growing up and she looked up to her mom. Beyond that however I don't think I learned anything new. Over all my brook dale buddy doesn't really remember enough to create a clear story from beginning to end. I think she may also not be comfortable speaking about her past which makes it hard to interview her.
That was like our brook dale buddy, the first four chapters were a little difficult because of this.
But you shared stories in your own post?
My Brookdale Buddy is, pardon my French, the BOMB. I love her stories and what emotions she puts into them. Not only has she lived with love and happiness, she empathizes with the struggles people have today, which I find profoundly amazing. I truly believe she has a story to tell and that everyone should listen to it. She can be so interesting and focused one minute, then incredibly enigmatic the next- the mystery of her life urges me to pull more information about her life from her and tell that story in the video my partner and I are making. Fingers crossed it goes well next week!
It seems like you got lucky with your buddy!
Its great that you have a lot of enthusiasm :)
Today it was really nice talking to my Brook Dale buddy. She remembered a lot about her self. I though it was really cool how she said that she never likes being boring and how she likes to travel everywhere she goes. She was very nice, and very open about what questions we had for her She was the middle child and her mom had died of cancer, so she and four other sibling had to grow up without a mom. Her older sister took over the role as a mother, and she did a good job at it. She is very easy going and talks a lot which is good. She is fun, and very easy to work with.
Unfortunately, we did not get to interview today. Our person did not show up so we learned a little about patience and the unexpected. Hopefully we can catch up if he shows up next time.
Today I got a new buddy named Mary. Mary filled the time talking about ice skating-her passion. She also shared some sad moments relating to her once marriage. She is just precious! She loves family and her whole room is decorated with family photos. She lights up when she talks about them. I am looking forward to seeing Mary next Tuesday! I want to bring her an ice skating book.
That is very sweet of you and I hope you can find a book!
Our Brook Dale Buddy had so many interesting stories spurred on from the questions that we did not even get close to finishing the four chapters! We learned that even though his father was a boiler-room worker in the 1920's, his opinion was valued so much that he was invited to important meetings and the boss came to eat lunch with him in the boiler-room. He looked up to his parents a great deal and by the age of thirteen he knew how to get around New York for only a nickle!
Today went really well. My buddy Chaikie talked a lot about her childhood and the place where she grew up. She was born and raised in New York and compared the vast difference between the city when she was younger compared to how it is now. She also talked about her family life and focused a lot on her schooling. She attended yiddish school after regular school and attended Hunters college. She seemed really passionate about education and really hardworking because she balanced work and school from high school through college. She was really sweet about everything although she struggled with hearing us. But she was still really open about sharing and would go into extreme detail about each chapter of her life she talked about.
This meeting was a lot better. Paul was a lot more engaged and told us a lot more stories and went way more in depth than before i enjoyed it much more this time around
Me, Hunter, and Nadir had Irene for ours. We really solidified points that were made by here and fleshed out the story of the Dust bowl and how it would take all their land away, literally! We also talked about her husband a little bit but strayed from it as it was a sensitive topic that we didn't want to emotionally destroy her with. We then talked about her stroke and how it interrupted her piano career and was devastating for her though she awaits the day she swears she will walk again! Other things she touched on were family vacations, her sisters' trio (for singing) and church work.
My Brookdale Buddy was extremely informative and answered all the questions we asked, in fact we didn't get through them all because he answered them so thoroughly. He had a really interesting college life, as he traveled a lot and joined the Navy and was able to sail all over the world. He talked about his life growing up and how he moved around the country a lot, and graduated in California. He were able to brush over a little about his wife and family but not much, and I hope we will be able to talk more about it next time. Overall he's extremely cooperative and answers the questions well.
I very much enjoy talking to Bill (and Ann as well, for today). We've learned a lot about his childhood in Washington, to moving to California, and how his first marriage wasn't the best. The cutest thing is how he was introduced to Ann by a friend at a party and the two kept in contact even after both were married the first time. Neither marriage worked out and they ended up meeting again thanks to that same friend years later. The two have been together ever since and think they're living a happy ending, which is adorable.
Today was very interesting because my Brookdale Buddy didn't want to be a part of this project anymore. We ended up having to find someone totally new to interview. This was very interesting because it gave us a new story to listen to. Since we were able to hear this new life story we were able to compare it to the previous one. After hearing both interviews we learned that everyone has a very different life story and something interesting to say about their life that is different from everyone elses.
My meeting with my brookdale buddy went well. She talked about how she didn't have much food during WWII and they rationed it. She thought when the war was over she would get more food, but got less since all the soldiers came back. Next she talked about how she went to college when she was 16, because in England you start high school at the age of 11. Her life was very interesting and she cooperated a lot. It was nice to hear a new perspective on the war and on life.
Today was a lot fun with Brookdale Buddy. We made an interview with our lady. Eli and Rena was asking questions while Eamonn was recording her. Like last time, she was pretty opened to speak about her life. Actually, we got so much information last time so today we just recorded same stories and facts from her life. However, it was very fun and interesting to hear about her turbulent life. Starting with her childhood and WWII, everything was unpredictable. She moved to New York after graduation from college. She met their her husband and stopped working because he had a high salary. We were talking about interesting stories on job back in England. Thinking about her life I realized that we are just at the beginning of this long jurney. Therefore, I think we had really successful interview so we are on the right path to make this project great.
The second time meeting my brook dale buddy he seemed more opened and ready to talk, compared to the last time we met him. Unfortunately I had to run in and out of their room to make sure everything is going smoothly such as the out camera was out of space and we needed a new sd card. I was able to hear some of his stories and they were actually pretty funny, he talked about loving science and astronomy his entire life and his dream job was to be in working with nuclear reactors, but out of highschool he joined the government to work with selling missiles. Next time I hope to be more prepared before hand so I can spend more time in the room listening to the conversation rather then running around.
Today with my brookdale buddy May was interesting because I hadn't met her before. The women I was originally assigned to with Justin decided to drop out of these interviews. It was interesting learning about May's childhood, it sounded like she didn't have the best relationship with her parents but they all cared for each other. She told us how her mother was a bell and her grandfather the mayor of the town her mother grew up in. She told us how her grandmother was her favorite family and had quite a large sum of money. She had one best friend named rosemary and she would go over to her house all the time. Her parents would fight when she was younger and eventually got a divorce when she was 16. She never knew why her parents would fight. From what we heard in this first interview I believe that her chapter about relationships will be very interesting.
My brookdale boddy told us today some very impressive storries about her life. I by myselfe am most imbpessed and also got depressed by her stoorie of her childhood. She had been in a fosters home because her dad and her mum werr circus artists had not mutch time for her and she thought they didn't love her. So she sat on the Window in her fosters home wating for her Daddie that was the person she most missed; she also wrote a whole storry about this when she was older she gave us.
The first time she met her parents was when she had already been married for 20 years.
Her Mum got married to other man and they got an other doughter.
This all was very impressive to me, and I am glad that i still have my mum and my dad around me.
My brook dale buddy has a very interesting life story. He has lived in 30 places because his dad had a job and when get promoted every 3 months if he was doing a good job then they would move. this continued for a long time and then his final year in high school he decided his parents could move on without him until he graduated. It was a smart choice because this was the year he met his wife at a high school party which he attended the last year of high school, He is still together with his wife and she lives at brook dale with him. He tried out for the 1948 Olympic team and he was the last white person to be cut from the team. HE says the coach told him this and said it hopefully should make him feel better but he said it did not. Tom has a very interesting life story and I hope to be able to share it soon
I really enjoyed talking with my two Brook-dale Buddies, Bill and Ann Taylor. They talked about their early childhood, their aspirations in early life and how those affected them. They looked back on how their life had gone and reflected that if they hadn't remet by chance via a mutual friend, first in Maryland, and then many years later in California, they would never have had this wonderful relationship, 23 years strong.
They also reflected on the changes that have happened between when they were kids and nowadays and touched on how they feel about it.
Overall, a very heart warming talk. The idea that two people, who had gone their separate ways for college in early life, could re-meet after having bad marriages and realize who they had missed, kept in contact with and who they truly should have married, was each other. I think that that work of chance that led to something great is why its so important to document these stories.
For this Brookdale buddy visit I really was able to paint a clear picture of what her childhood was like. The first visit was just getting to know her, but with this visit I was able to really see some more specifics as to what her early years of her life were like and I really loved the detail that she had used to describe some of her answers! One thing that I noticed was that some of the better questions that got detailed answers were ones that were follow up questions I had asked when I was just feeling on a roll. I did try to go along and cover the questions on the sheet but when I really brought up questions that had to do with more specifics about her life, where she worked etc., it had proved to have a lot more flow like a nice conversation rather than just questions and direct answers. But I'm glad that we had the freedom to really go where ever (while still being on topic) with the questions that we asked and it really turned out. I'm really happy how this has been turning out and I'm very happy that we get this kind of opportunity through this project :)
My Brookdale Buddy was able to remember a lot more this time we visited her. With the help of her daughter, our Brookdale Buddy was glad to have her on her side to regain her memory. We learned so much about her than before, it was very interesting when she talked about her days oversees during World War 2, while being pregnant. This was a shocking story that was very intriguing. She also showed us a painting that she created of a clown, she loved to draw and her painting was very beautiful. I'm glad I have Helen as a Brookdale Buddy.
I did not get to Interview any Buddies. Harland was nowhere to be found and there was not any extra buddies around.
Today we meet with our Brookdale Buddies this time we met was very different from the last time we meet. Phillis seemed a little mad and didn't want to do the interview. But after a while we started it and she seemed like we asked these questions before. But it was really cool to learn more about her life.
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