David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Friday, May 7, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Interview with Grandma

video In 1984, my mother bought a very small audio cassette recorder and began to hide it during our various holiday family gatherings. At the time, we all teased her about recording us as much as she was, but now, I am so thankful for those recordings. We eventually purchased a video recorder, but those audio cassettes contain many wonderful times and voices that were no longer with us by the time the video technology arrived. One of those voices belongs to my grandmother, Gladys Marling Norris. Grandma spent quite a lot of time in our home during those years and one day my brilliant mother decided to sit down with her and ask her questions about her life. It was and remains one of my greatest treasures. I have converted many of those old cassette tapes to CD's and MP3 files. In honor of Mother's Day, I would like to share a portion of one of those interviews here. So, here's to my mom and both of my grandmothers. I am who I am because of you!

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5 comments:

  1. I think your mother was a genius! And had a lot of foresight as well. We took a recorder to our last family reunion in 2007, and got a lot of Uncle Jimmy's fantastic stories about his grandparents and cousins, and I'm so glad we did. Uncle Jimmy passed away last year, so as it turned out it was our last opportunity to get those stories. This is definitely one of those things NOT to put off. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Lori, that was nicely done! This is truly a treasure. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

    Renate

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  3. Who wouldn't treasure a beloved grandmother's voice on tape for a family history interview! I sure would! What great forethought your mother had! The photograph of the little girl at 1 minute 20 seconds is adorable. Look at her little hands outspread. You have some really wonderful photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thank you! That photograph is of my grandmother at two years of age. I tried to place photographs corresponding to what she was referring to in her statements. Her parents, aunts, uncles, my grandfather, etc. This is only a small segment of the entire interview, so you can imagine how much it means to me.

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  5. What a treasure! I have some audios that need to be converted. You're an example for me.

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