A Day in the Past
“Knock, knock, knock!” I was knocking at Dave’s door while holding my clipboard, paper, and pencil. “Who is it? Who is knocking at my door?” Dave yelled. He was coming to the door very slowly, I waited and waited until he finally opened the door. “Hi Emma, what do you need?” “I need to interview you.” I answered. I chose to interview my neighbor because he is the closest old person near my house. Dave is 72 years old. I was sitting on the couch in his living room and Dave was sitting in his recliner chair. At first he asked “How many questions are you going to ask me?” “There will be about six questions.” I answered. I have known Dave my whole life but we are not related. He has light brown skin and white hair all around the back of his head. Although, Dave has an earring on his left ear and none on the right. He also wears glasses and he has a white and grey beard. However, he is a little over weight. When Dave speaks his voice is deep but smooth. Sometimes, he speaks a little slang. Dave is normally happy, but he can get crabby when things go wrong.
The first question I asked was, “What do you want your children or grandchildren to remember about you?” “What?” He said. So I repeated the question, “What do you want your children or grandchildren to remember about you?” His response was “Ohhhhhhhh, I want them to remember that I was nice, a caring person, and I was very handy with my hands, also that I took them camping, and I like wood work.” “Anything else?” I asked. “uhhh, no I don’t think so.”
The second question I asked was, “Did your father or mother have a favorite saying you can remember them repeating? Do you sometimes find your words coming out of your mouth.” “I don’t really remember a saying. Oh wait, I think it’s, ‘Get an education so you don’t work as hard as I do,’ Yes I sometimes find myself saying this saying or other things that they always say. I would also sometimes find my saying ‘Get an education so you don’t work as hard as I do,’ to my kids.
The third question I asked him was, “What was your scariest moment as a parent? Or the scariest moment with your family, friends, pets, etc.” “The scariest moment as a what?” Dave asked. “As a parent.” I answered. “Oh, one of the moments with my dog was when he got cancer, also when my dad got cancer. What else, oh and when I woke up in the hospital not knowing what happened to me.”
The fourth question that I asked him was, “What was your house that you grew up in like? How many bedrooms? Was there electricity in the house? Indoor plumbing? Did you have telephones? Anything that was different from today? What was your house near?” “I lived in a pretty big house, in Venice, California, by the beach. I lived in a typical neighborhood. The house was one story, and it had four bedrooms, one bathroom. And yes we had electricity, and indoor plumbing. We also had telephones (dial phones.) One thing that is very different from today was that we had a chimney in my backyard to burn our trash because we didn’t have a lot of trash pick up. We also had a black and white T.V.” answered Dave. “Was that the last question?” he asked. “No there is two more.” I answered. “Ok.” he answered. “Just hurry because my pizza is going to get cold.” marked Dave.
The fifth question I asked was “Of all the things you have learned from your parents, which do you feel most valuable?” “The most valuable thing I learned from my parents I think is, how to be my own person, and another one is to just go out there and make my own living not to rely on people.” answered Dave. “Can I eat my pizza now?” he asked. “No!” I answered. “I am not done asking questions.
And finally the last question I asked him was, “What were your activities that you did when you were my age? And did you enjoy them?” “I was working with my dad, his job was working at a trash company. My dad owned a trash truck. I would also enjoy working on cars, and I still do this today. And finally, I used to do karate for 35 years.” he answered. “Ok we are done so you can now eat your pizza.” I said. “Finally, you always come at the wrong time.” Dave said. “What ever.” I answered.
In conclusion, I can tell that Dave was really open to what he was going to say to me but however, I could tell he had a hard time remembering a lot of the things from the past. I have learned a lot about my neighbor and I hope that I can learn more from him. I also hope I learned some life long lessons.