The StoryCorps Reports – Participant #2

  1. What was the happiest moment of your life?
  2. The happiest moment of my life was when I got married.

  3. What was the saddest moment of your life?
  4. The saddest was the day my father died.

  5. Who has been the kindest to you in your life?
  6. The kindest person in my life was my mother.

  7. What is your earliest memory?
  8. My earliest memory would be 1942. I was four years old.

  9. When in life have you felt most alone?
  10. Two years ago my son moved into his new home. We had lived close for 10 years.

  11. How would you like to be remembered?

I’d like to be remembered as a man with a great sense of humor and could grow anything in the garden.

7. Do you have any favorite stories about kids?

My favorite story is when Kristy, Bev and me had gone grocery shopping. We got Home; I gave Kristy (she was about 3 years old) the keys to the house. She unlocked the front door and went in. My arms were full of bags and Bev had more in the trunk. As I walked in the living room, I saw Kristy looking at her mom’s favorite flower vase in a million pieces. She looked up at me and said, “I didn’t do it.”

8. How did you choose my name?

I think everyone in the family was looking for your name. My mom even bought a book of girls’ names. But as time got closer, your mom and me decided on Kristy.

9. Are you proud of me?

I’m very proud of you. You married a preacher, Sam, had two children, Katie and Caleb. You have a beautiful house, new cars. Seems to me you have done very well with your life.

10. What were your parents like?

My parents were great people. They were loving and very hard working. They gave up everything so I could have a life. To read more about them see Two Beautiful People, on the Writing Project web page.

11. How would you describe a perfect day when you were young?

On a warm spring day on Long Island I’d pick violets and daffodils from the empty fields. I’d find and old jar and make a beautiful bouquet of purple and yellow flowers. I’d put it on the kitchen table for my mom when she got up in the afternoon. (She worked nights.) For me that was a perfect day as a young child.

12. Was there a teacher or teachers who had a strong influence in your life?

I think all my teachers had an influence on my life.

Mrs. Newcome – English teacher: She told me I would never speak English.

Mr. Kaler – Foreign language: He told me I’d do good if I ever got to France.

Ace Flake – English and Study Hall: He told me when I got out of school and seen a ad for study hall, I should take it. What a comedian.

Mrs. Neely – Math teacher: She told me, “You always get the right answer but you do it wrong.”

Mr. Gordon Morphew – Science Teacher: I been building solar gardens for 50 years, so he must of done a good job. On May 28th, 1956 I graduated with 992 other seniors.

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