But first, I saw this meme over at Bev's -- how could I not do it? I mean, it's like an order!
1. What kind of relationship do you have with your Mom...why?
I have an excellent relationship with my mother; I always have. She can be difficult, no doubt, and she's a pro at wielding the guilt stick, but overall we have a wonderful relationship. She was always there for me when I was a kid; she dried my tears and helped me overcome a lot of pain.
And she let me run away and join the circus, despite her misgivings. How can you not love a woman like that?
2. What is one memory of her that makes you smile...why?
This is my favorite. We were at my Pop's wake. The funeral director came into the room to tell my Mom about a snafu at the cemetery -- my aunt's grave was encroaching on their double plot, which meant that there wasn't enough room for my folks to be buried side-by-side. They needed permission to dig the grave twice as deep, in order for the two to fit.
And my mother said, "After 57 years of marriage, I finally get to be on top."
I'm sure all the guest wondered why we were all roaring with laughter.
3. What is one memory you wish you could forget...why?
Unfortunately, my Pop's funeral was not a continuous laugh riot. When she first saw Pop laid out in his casket, she wept openly, touching his hands and smoothing his hair. It makes me cry every time I think about it.
4. Would you call your mother a saint? Why or Why not?
No, actually, I wouldn't call Mom a saint. She's too earthy for sainthood! But I would call her an amazing woman.
And now, voila! The StoryCorps interview, in its entirety, formatted as a podcast. It's about 35 minutes long, and it might take a minute to load, but there you go.