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  • Heidi Sistare

    I met with a 75-year-old man who wanted to share his writing with me. He handed me the notebook and asked me to read from it. I read from a page where he talked about a machine outside of his window, how it reminded him of where he grew up in New Jersey, and that he regrets never giving his father what he needed. It was amazing to have someone hand over their notebook like that, with complete trust, and it has inspired me to start a project about other people's notebooks. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Folakemi Odoaje

    This is so cool - I met a 76 years old man on a train about a month ago (long before this was posted) I started talking to him as I foudd the tribal marks on his cheeks fascinating. I knew immediately he is Yoruba from Nigeria from his marks, but he didn't realise we speak the same language until I gave it away. Lesson learnt: Mr Ade told me story about Nigeria that I have never heard before. That there was a time in history where you get to where you are purely on merit. Mr Ade got a letter at his home sometime in the 60s that he was awarded full schorlarship to study at the University of Edinburgh based on his academic performance and other factors set at the time. Him and his family were grateful for Chief Obafemi Awolowo who fascinated the program. He said lots of people benefited from the program and they were all happy to return to Nigeria at the end of their course as there were jobs awaiting. I have met the old man again after this and he had given me a couple of books to help with learning about history of Nigeria.

  • David Zimmerman

    I used to go to my grandparents house at least once a week to play bridge (they taught me how to play, it's actually a great game), eat a delicious home-cooked meal from my grandma, and listen to all of their stories and experiences from the past.

    I miss my grandparents dearly, but I will never forget the incredible stories that were told, and the adventures they shared!

  • Andrew

    @Ben... the best stories I've been told have to do with the time period during WWII. Life was very different, context changed quickly, and the stories reflect that. Two of my favorites:
    1) Saving enough flour to bake a birthday cake for the community since everything was rationed. This was a huge deal.
    2) A factory one woman was working at (making bombs) that accidentally exploded one night.

    People like to talk about love a lot too. I'm still trying to find someone who wants to talk about their arch-nemesis, but I have yet to find that.

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    alright. this is awesome. starting looking now. when I get this done, I'll come back and share my experience in this thread. have you picked up any good stories/wisdom from our older neighbors?

  • Heidi Sistare

    I love this! It's now on my list for writing projects.

    • Andrew

      This is really cool, Alessandra.