My mother and I were very close. She was born December 5,1920 and died in February 3, 2009. In the late 90s, I saw her health declining. She was beginning to ask the same questions over and over and had short term memory loss. One bright side was that she could remember things from the 30s and on up til around the 70's, so I began recording her. At first, she was very shy but as we sat there having a conversation, she began to forget about the recorder. Some of the stories she told just made us both laugh and some made us sad. Most of all, I have her sweet voice to remember...the most beautiful thing ever, the voice of the woman that loved me beyond all else, my best friend, my mom. This is a wonderful thing .. StoryCorps ... not only for the family but for future generations to hear how things were.