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A Mother’s Wisdom

Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2008.


One of the greatest rewards for me as a StoryCorps Facilitator has been the opportunity to soak up the wisdom and insight shared between the four walls of our StoryBooths. While sitting in the corner, taking notes, running the recording equipment, and listening closely, I hear stories that help me better understand my own life, and prepare me for experiences that are still ahead marriage, parenthood, serious illness, or even the death of a family member. So, it was a delight to be a fly on the wall when Natalia Karplus, who is expecting twins, brought her mother Elena to ask her questions about parenting and motherhood.

Elena’s savoir faire and love as a mother were made evident through stories from her four pregnancies, memories of raising three girls and a boy, and this bit of wisdom, “Sometimes you’re so task oriented with a baby that you forget that they just like to be talked to.”

“I feel so lucky to be going through this, and have you to talk to about it,” said Natalia through her end-of-interview tears. To which her mother responded, “It’s going to be empowering. It will make you feel like you can do anything in the world and you can.”

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  • This is wonderful!

    Comment from Jessica Povec on November 25, 2008 at 10:03 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Thanks, Marisa!

    Comment from Mike on November 7, 2008 at 1:23 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Aww, thanks for blogging about my mom, Mike! She is quite wise!
    I haven’t heard their story yet because my sister Natalia went back to London with the CD! I’ll have to hound her for it.

    They loved their experience with you in the booth. Thank you for being so great at what you do!


    Comment from Marisa on November 7, 2008 at 11:41 am - Reply to this Comment
  • Awww! I love my mom and I love Natalia’s and Elena’s story!

    Comment from Jeremy on November 6, 2008 at 8:22 pm - Reply to this Comment

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