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Reddit Interviews A 96 Year Old

  03/16/11 22:26, by , Categories: Informative, Life

EDIT (4/25/2011): reddit admins have basically confirmed that this user was a fake. Sorry guys.

I really enjoyed this thread on reddit and decided it was worth preserving here in Q&A form.

Q: What are your strategies for coping with the inevitability of death?
A: I’m done with this life. The last words of Fran├žois Rabelais were “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” I am ready for my great perhaps.

Q: Do you believe in God/an afterlife?
A: I believe in God and I think that the afterlife will be so much more fulfilling than this life ever was.

Q: Why? What makes you believe that the next life will be any more fulfilling than this one?
A: Which is better–thinking that when we die, we go to the best place imaginable or that when we die we just rot in the ground? I prefer the former.

Q: General life advice?
A: Don’t take things too seriously when you’re young. Think “Am I going to care about this when I am 96?” You probably won’t.

Q: Did you have a sweetheart when you were young ? ( 14-18 )
A: I had a beau when I was 17 years old. My parents hated him because he was an Irish kid. He was dopey looking and had big ears. He was very sweet and funny and a gentleman. My mother said it would not work out and I married him and had four children.

Q: How many times have you truly been in love? Was the feeling the same every time?
A: I have only been in love once and only heartbroken once.

Q: How did he end up breaking your heart?
A: By dying.

Q: Do you believe that you’ll be reunited in the afterlife?
A: Yes. It will be perfect.

Q: Could you describe your wedding day to us?
A: My wedding was small. There was not much money, but it was beautiful. He looked at me like I was worth more than a million dollars when I walked down that aisle.

Q: How did you meet?
A: I was at the store getting some fabric for my mother. I was probably 15 or so. There was a long line, and the boy ahead me turned around, saw me standing there and let me go ahead of him in line. We started talking and I found out he was also getting fabric. Boys never picked up fabric, but he didn’t care. I thought it was a wonderful gesture. I was head over heels. That’s when I knew I wanted to marry a man who wasn’t embarrassed to do that for someone he loved.

Q: How did you stray married for so long?
A: I stayed married because it was real love. People take marriage too lightly these days. I knew my husband was the one for me. He respected me and I likewise which I think is the basis for a relationship.

Q: When you look back, what was life like? Was it everything you thought it would be?
A: I think my life has been basically good. It was not how I planned it out when I was young but I am content.

Q: What did you have planned?
A: I wanted like most naiive girls to be a star. I did become a star though–to my husband and children.

Q: What’s your opinion on homosexuality? Should they be allowed to marry?
A: I don’t think anyone should be allowed to tell someone who to love. Yes, they should be married.

Q: What was the first film you saw in a theatre?
A: I saw a Three Stooges film in I think it was 1935. I don’t like movies very much though. I do like westerns.

Q: What are your favorite westerns?
A: I liked The Last Outlaw with Harry Carey the best.

Q: What is the first major news-making/historical event that you remember?
A: I remember my mother being skeptical when they first discovered penicillin. She said it wouldn’t last. I also remember when the first Miss America competition started when I was about 5 or 6 or so and we all pretended to be beauty queens.

Q: As someone who has lived over nine decades which decade did you most enjoy, which decade did you see the world as you knew it change the most (whether that be in a positive or negative way) and finally which decade did you see humanity progress the most?
A: I enjoyed the 50s very much. Everything was so quiet and peaceful. The kids were older, so my husband and I could really spend time together without screaming children. I think the 60s were the most turbulent and the 80s were the most progressive with all the new technology.

Q: Could you expand on why the 60’s were so turbulent?
A: People had new ideas. Suddenly, women wore pants all the time and everyone was protesting something.

Q: How did you stay sharp at 96?
A: I do those puzzles in the paper. I’ve never been drunk or touched drugs. I think that helped.

Q: What is your opinion of marijuana and people who consume it recreationally?
A: I have read about marijuana and I suppose it is not as bad as a cigarette. It has many benefits, so personally I am okay with it.

Q: I know you’ve never been drunk, but have you ever had alcohol at all?
A: Yes I have had wine and a little beer but not in excess.

Q: Don’t you ever wonder what it’s like to be really really drunk?
A: No, from what I’ve seen it’s no fun. I’ve helped my husband through a few hangovers and I don’t want to try.

Q: What do you think was the greatest event the world experienced in your lifetime?
A: I think the greatest world event has been Mr. Obama being elected. I am so glad to see that we have moved past the color of someone’s skin. I am glad he is president.

Q: Any life lessons you think young women today could use?
A: Young ladies today don’t act like young ladies. I hate to hear a girl cuss. It makes you look like you aren’t eloquent enough to find another word. Don’t cuss.

Q: You mean you’ve never cursed, say, when you stubbed your toe? Sometimes there aren’t any better words to use other than an F bomb.
A: There are other words one can use that sound classier than curse words.

Q: Please teach us some!
A: Darn. Drat. Shoot. Shucks.

Q: I’m gonna try these out in front of my friends.
A: Good job maybe they will stop cursing too.

Q: What is the mental and/or physiological aspect of aging that was (or is) most surprising to you?
A: My body doesn’t do what my brain tells it to sometimes. It’s surprising to reach for a glass of water and not be able to grip it on the first try.

Q: Are we (as a human race in 2011) where they thought we were going to be 80 years ago?
A: The cars are crazy nowadays.

Q: Do you have any advice for the new generations?
A: Stop littering. Your world’s going to look awful. Slow down. Life is too short and with technology it seems like everyone is on the run.

Q: Any regrets? Particularly from your 20’s and 30’s?
A: I regret not having a career. I’m afraid I’m not much of a feminist. I should have taken more risks.

Q: How big of a role has religion played in your life?
A: I wish I was more religious. My mother was adamant about being Jewish growing up, and a lot of times I think religion is more trouble than it’s worth, but I try to stay right with God.

Q: What has been the most super, amazing and excellent food you have ever eaten?
A: The best food ever is fettuccine alfredo with the perfect seasoning.

Q: Is there some food that is your Achilles heel?
A: I do not like broccoli which is funny because I had to push it upon my children.

Q: Thinking back what pleasant memories stand out the most?
A: My wedding day and my childrens’ births.

Q: What annoys you the most about today’s pop culture?
A: The music. Shouting is not music, it’s just shouting.

Q: Is there anything you love about today’s generation that fascinates you?
A: I love the funny clothing kids these days wear. It’s so creative, but some of it is too revealing.

Q: What is your opinion on boys wearing skinny jeans?
A: As long as they are covered I am fine with it.

Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in life?
A: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Q: What would you consider to be the biggest risk you ever took? Did it “pay off"?
A: Marrying my husband despite my parents. Yes. It paid off in a big way.

Q: What has family and friends taught you over the years?
A: They’ve taught me blood is thicker than water, and a sense of work ethic. I have surrounded myself with hard workers who taught me to earn what I get.

Q: What do you think about technology becoming such a big part of younger people’s lives?
A: It will be the downfall of this generation I think. Some of it is handy, but kids are becoming to reliant.

Q: Can you elaborate on this? In which sense do you believe it will be our downfall, as in, how do you envision it might go bad?
A: No one will know how to do anything by themselves anymore.

Q: At this point in your life what fulfills you and brings you happiness?
A: Seeing my kids, grandkids, and greatgrandkids grow learn and achieve.

Q: During your lifetime, what is the greatest historical moment that you’ve experienced, in your opinion?
A: Either Mr. Obama being elected or women voting.

Q: What was your mothers reaction to finally being able to vote?
A: She thought it wasn’t right. She was very rooted in her ways. She refused to vote.

Q: Although the world must move forward in every facet of life imaginable, what’s the one thing you wish would’ve never been invented?
A: I wish the self checkout supermarket thing was never invented. When I get out, I feel like a robot is going to steal my groceries.

Q: Although it’s of no question that Americans [in general] have lost much of their morals and continually (and contiguously) partake in self-deprecating acts, what do you feel is the most loathsome and detrimental societal outbreak today?
A: Casual sex. The media has made it okay to has intercourse with any number of sexual partners. What happened to waiting until marriage?

Q: I wonder, at 96, what is the most prevalent memory you can think of you wish you could change?
A: I wish I could change the stock market crash. My father lose quite a bit in that.

Q: How bad was The Great Depression for you?
A: We were a well off family before the Depression, so when we lost it, the transition into poorness was very hard.

Q: Do you remember the Great Crash well?
A: The only thing I remember about the crash was that I was about 14 and mother was crying and father was pacing. He never paced so much. I kept asking what was wrong and they kept saying “nothing, nothing.” I didn’t figure it out until we had to move.

Q: What were you doing when you heard of Pearl Harbor and how did it affect your life?
A: I don’t remember exactly, but I had already had all four of my children at that time, so I suppose taking care of them. We were scared. We thought there would be a war any day, that we would wake up and a bomb would fall on us.

Q: Do you find people treat you differently because you’re older?
A: Yes, people are more careful around me.

Q: What has been the most frustrating thing about getting older?
A: It is frustrating when people call me honey or sweetie. I am old enough to know their great grandfather.

Q: What has been the best part of being older?
A: The best part is I never have to stand, ever. Anywhere. Someone always gets me a chair.

Q: Could you tell us how you feel about nursing homes? I know many older people hate them.
A: The best thing about nursing homes is that I’m not in them.

Q: If you could, would you prefer to have been born at a different time? (i.e. 20 years ago vs 96)
A: I have seen many things happen in my lifetime and I would not change it for the world.

Q: They say that your perception of time changes as you get older: Time moves slowly when you’re young, and speeds up the longer you’re alive. Have you experienced this phenomenon for yourself?
A: Disagree, it feels like I’ve been here forever.

Q: Who was your biggest crush when you were a teenager?
A: Clark Gable or Fred Astaire. I always wanted to be Greta Garbo.

Q: If you could go back and change one thing you did wrong/regret, what would it be?
A: I would try and be more independent. I was the youngest child, and I was married at 17, so I was never on my own.

Q: Ever travel? If so, what is your favourite country?
A: I have only been to Canada, so my favorite country is the United States.

Q: How do you feel our society has changed through all your years? For better or for worse?
A: Some ways it is better. We are more united as a country. Some of it is bad. The way kids act these days.

Q: Do you think the younger generation has changed in character? We’re all growing up in a world completely different from yours. Many things have changed around us, but did they actually make us different?
A: The younger generation lacks respect. That is an old person answer, I know, but it is true. On the positive side, this generation is curious and more actively seeking a better life.

Q: Any health tips to reach 96 years old?
A: Laugh a lot. You’ll live longer.
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Comment from: Ana

This is cute. I love this grandma.

03/17/11 @ 20:51
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It’s interesting that in many ways, my life and my life view parallels hers. I do feel that this techie generation has missed out on a lot of simple fun experiences and are very soft.But you don’t miss what you haven’t experienced.
Humans are pretty resourceful as needs be.

03/21/11 @ 05:52
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And eew, I never wanted to be a movie star.

03/21/11 @ 05:54
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More kids age 2-to-5 can operate a smartphone application (19%) than tie their shoelaces (9%). (via @TheWeek)

I rest my case!

03/23/11 @ 21:58

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