Today, while interviewing my mother over lunch, she stated "don't write this down" and then proceeded to tell me a fascinating family story. Of course, I just kept on writing, for someday she'll be gone and I don't want this story to pass into history.
It was a day like today, when the form was free-flowing and I allowed her to talk without interruption, that I obtained some of the most interesting tidbits about her mother's side of the family. Now, I must go back and get the stories of her father's side as well.
I'm keeping my notes private for now, but may extract a bit or two for a future post. I only wish I had been able to video the session for the full effect. Perhaps some other time I will be able to do so.