Today’s blog post will be a little different.
In thinking of different things to write about for this month I decided to switch it up.
I don’t think people my age talk to their grandparents enough.
Visits for holidays don’t count.
We need to talk to them more.
Learn about them.
Ask them questions.
They created our family, and without them we wouldn’t exist.
To this day one of my biggest regrets is not asking my grandpa more questions.
For Christmas a couple of years ago, I gave one of my grandmas a book.
More like a journal.
In it I wrote out different questions.
Questions about herself.
Questions about her childhood.
Life with my grandpa.
Life with my mom.
Every question had a few pages for her answers.
And I asked for it back when she’s done.
That way I can forever have it.
I loved the idea and it will always be one of my favorite gifts given.
I realized the other day that I never gave my other grandma this opportunity, so I decided to turn it into a post.
I wanted to ask her questions to get to know her more.
I obviously know my grandma.
I spent so much of my childhood with her.
I idolized her.
She introduced me to coffee, country music, and day time television.
I spent most days after school at her house growing up.
Until I got old enough to do after school sports.
I wrote up a list of questions and sat down with my grandma and asked them to her.
She knew it was going to be for a post and loved the idea.
We didn’t just talk about the answers to my questions. We talked about so many different things.
And it was so nice.
So here it is, and I hope you enjoy it.
My interview with my grandma. ❤
Me: What’s your full name? And why were you given that name?
Grandma: Betty Lee Everetts, and I was told growing up that I was named after the Betsy Lee Mine since I was born in Montana.
Me: Do you remember the day my dad was born?
Grandma: Not a lot, it was a long time ago. I remember being in a lot of pain.
Me: Do you have any regrets?
Grandma: I wish I could have finished school. I only went to school until I was 12, my dad wouldn’t let me go to school after that. I had to work.
Me: What are you most proud of?
Grandma: My kids.
Me: If you could change one thing about the world today what would it be?
Grandma: I wish people would get off of their phones. Every time you get together people are always on them, I wish they were never invented.
Me: What do you want for me in life?
Grandma: I really want you to write your book.
Me: What was I like as a kid?
Grandma: Oh my gosh you and Janelle would talk so fast, I always had to ask what you were talking about! Half the time I couldn’t understand you two.
Me: What was your childhood like?
Grandma: We really didn’t have much money. For Christmas each year I would get the same doll just in a different dress. By the time I left home there were 12 of us all living under the same roof.
Me: When you were in school, what subjects did you enjoy?
Grandma: I really liked math.
Me: Did you have any pets growing up?
Grandma: I had a black curly haired dog, but I can’t remember it’s name.
Me: My dad said you guys had a turkey when he was little?
Grandma: Oh yeah we had that turkey! We also had two cats when you were little, Sugar Ray and Boomer. *Best cats ever*
Me: What big events in History do you remember?
Grandma: I remember when President Kennedy got shot. We were living in Aumsville, I was pregnant. I was watching TV and saw it happen. I ran and told Grandpa and he didn’t believe me.
Me: What’s the most rewarding thing about getting older?
Grandma: That I can still function, but not as much as I want to. That I still have my mind.
Me: What was your favorite show growing up?
Grandma: Well we didn’t have tv growing up..
Me: Duh Megan
Grandma: I loved listening to radio shows like The Shadow and Nick Carter. But now I love watching what’s left of my soap operas.
Me: What’s your favorite color?
Me: Favorite flower?
Me: Favorite food?
*Woman after my own heart.*
Me: Who was your favorite singer/actor?
Grandma: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor.
In interviewing my grandma I found out the most fascinating thing..
That she lived in New York.
I had no idea.
Maybe I did, but I really don’t think so.
My grandma left home when she was 19. She said her dad told her that only rich people lived in New York so she wanted to live in New York. She lived there for a little less than a year.
My grandma lived in Oklahoma, New York, California, and finally in Oregon.
It was actually on a greyhound in the middle of her travels where she met my grandpa.
Now this part I knew.
Being the persistent man that he was, he wouldn’t stop talking to her until she gave him her contact information.
While she was in New York she decided to move to California with her friend.
Her friend came down with the flu while she was there and she needed a new place to live.
That’s where my grandpa called her and said “hey want to move in with me and get married?”
She thought..sure why not.
And that’s how a marriage that lasted 53 years started.
My grandma is a strong person.
One of the strongest I know.
She may not like it, but my nickname for her is “crazy.”
It’s the perfect description of her.
She’s so full energy and spunk.
She’ll tell you how it is and maybe not what you want to hear.
But she’ll always tell you what she’s thinking.
She loves her family so much and is very independent.
I hope you all enjoyed this and I hope she does as well.