Before returning to Sicily, I interviewed Monique.
Monique 82 years old, born Paris, France, currently lives in Valbonne, France
Monique was graceful and soft-spoken. She too was a bit anxious and believed she wouldn’t have much to tell yet as the interview went on she remembered snip-its of experiences with clarity and humor. She spoke in French and my friend Stephanie directed the interview—Stephanie will also be translating the interview. I watched her speak to her grandmother and could see her eyes brighten or her voice change in accordance to her grandmother’s story. I watch Monique and I too see her eyes widen with a memory the tone of her voice change as she remembered. Monique would laugh at times and her laughter was refined and graceful as her speech. I was lost in her words not solely for the reason I do not speak French but in some way I understood her—I learned just by listening to her body language and tone of voice. I learned by watching her granddaughter, Stephanie’s reaction to her grandmother’s words. As I sat in this interview, I wished I had known French. It motivates me to learn it. I look forward to hearing Monique’s story in translation.
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