Stories of Experience

Stories of Experience: Margaret D.

Being a graduate student within the M.A. in English Writing Studies program, I have been exposed to a lot of interesting topics throughout my first semester. The most interesting topic that caught my eye was withing my Writing Theories & Practice course, where we discuss many different topics surrounding around the theory of the practice of writing. Under is the following assignments that this blog and more like it to come, is dedicated to:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED talk entitled The danger of a single story

The Equity Unbound community welcomes you to join us in reflecting on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED talk entitled The danger of a single story. Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

There is great importance of telling and sharing more than one story. Regardless of what that story is, sharing the experiences of others throughout different life times is how we will learn and grow as a society. Besides my work as an educator, I also spending my weekends working at a nursing home. Within this nursing home are many of individuals who are well into their 80’s, 90’s, and 100’s! Many of them are originally from different parts of the world. I want to be able to tell their stories (with consent) to generations of knowledge seekers! This will be called The Danger of a Single Story: Stories of Experience with the Twitter hashtag #storiesofexperience. So with great excitement here is the first interview of one of my residents Margaret:

Interview:

The story of Margaret D.

Home Country: Tasmania, Australia
Age: 93 years old

PD: Hi Ms. Margaret! So I am going to ask you a couple of questions. When and where were you born?

MD: I was born in Tasmania, February 4th, 1926. Make sure you can hear me! My accent might get in the way! That was before the Great Depression, that was very important during that time. It made you who you are, you know love? 

PD: What type of work did you do?

MD: When I got married to my husband, I did not work. During the time you are more focused on your children and your home. Before I got married, during the war in the early 40s, I was supposed to go to college to become a school teacher. But instead of me going to college, I made parshots for the war. Fro four years I did that. During those 4 years, I met my husband, he was an AMerican soldier.

PD: How was your experience traveling from the Land down under to America?

MD: I was aboard that ship for 16 days, from Sydney/26 to California. Let me tell you, it was something! It was a Military ship, not a cruise ship love. When we use to watch movies, we sit on the hatchers, Do you know what that is?

PD: No I don’t.

MD: Well it too much to explain, only people who travel on a ship or a soldier would know about it. This was a long time ago love! 

PD: Thank you so much Ms. Margaret! I will be back next Saturday with some more questions.

MD: Well love, I hope you understood it! It’s not too much I can remember… I’m 93 years old!