Parents and children often come to StoryCorps to share the most important moments in their lives. That’s just what 12-year-old Kaysen Ford had in mind when he came to StoryCorps with his mother, Jennifer Sumner.

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Growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Kaysen is the youngest of seven children.

At StoryCorps, the two sat down to reflect.

Top photo: Jennifer Sumner and her son, Kaysen Ford, at their StoryCorps interview on April 17, 2015 in Birmingham, AL. Photo by Christina Stanton for StoryCorps.
Bottom photo: Kaysen Ford and Jennifer Sumner at their home on October 24, 2018. Courtesy of the Ford family.

Originally aired October 26, 2018, on NPR’s Morning Edition.