Wilson 1 Emma Wilson Professor Sigman 28 Feb, 2019 GERON 315 Interview With an Older Adult Part 1: Summary of Interview For this paper, I decided to interview my grandfather, my dad’s dad, who is eighty-four years old. He currently lives in Olathe, KS, which is only about forty minutes from my house so my family is able to see him quite a bit and we are fairly close. He was born in 1936 in Kansas City, MO. His fam- ily was not wealthy; they had to scrounge for almost every penny and his family life was not the greatest, he and his parents were never very close and did not necessarily get along. Him, his parents, and his half brother were also not close with their extended family. His half-brother, who is nine years older than himself, was the person he looked up to the most and they are still close today. He was a good student until he started working 25-30 hours every week in high school, because if he wanted any money he had to get it him- self. After graduating, he went straight into the army where he worked as a radar technician for about 2 years. Then, after coming home, he married his first wife at the age of twenty, but this marriage only lasted four years. It was a bad situation and according to him they just “weren’t compatible.” After he told me this, I asked him if he wished he would not have married his first
Wilson 2 wife. He responded by saying yes, it was a mistake to marry someone he did not really know very well, but he would not change anything because if he had not gotten married the first time he may have never met my grand- mother. I think that is a great way to look at the mistakes we make in life. He married my grandmother in 1960 and they were married for forty-five years until she passed in 2008. The moment he married my grandma on March 30, 1960 was the happiest and proudest moment in his life. They had a wonder- ful marriage and would have done anything for one another. My grandfather worked many different jobs during his twenties and it wasn’t until he turned thirty that he really figured out what he wanted to do; which ended up being working in sales and traveling all over the country to sell products for companies. He was very good at his job and was able to re- tire at the age of 62, having lived frugally and saved a lot of money. In 2008, my grandma passed away from lung cancer and he did not handle it well at all. She was his whole world and died at only 65. This was the worst time in his life, losing someone who meant so much to him. Every
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