Thursday, November 8, 2012

National Day of Listening 2012: Pearls of wisdom from my mother (VIDEO)

By Robin Foster   Posted at  2:25 PM   StoryCorps 6 comments

I have had some wonderful visits with my mother, Edna Foster, this year.  I am so fortunate to have been raised and nurtured by two wonderful parents. I have learned a great deal about my maternal ancestry from my mother's stories.  She is a great lady.  I used to get a lot of ridicule for this in school: I never stopped calling her mommy!  Thanks, Mommy!

As you can see from this video excerpt, I am not finished learning from her or basking in her great wisdom.  I urge you if you have not done so, to spend some time this Thanksgiving honoring your ancestor by interviewing and preserving his or her story.

Join Lowcountry Africana and StoryCorps as they build a nation of listeners.  I will share more videos before November 30, but please find out how you can participate:

Print the National of Listeners sign from this page: 
"5 Ways of Celebrating the National Day of Listening," and share it on social media with the text: 

 "The National Day of Listening" is a new national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks all Americans to take an hour to record an interview with a loved one, using recording equipment that is readily available in most homes, such as computers, iPhones, and tape recorders, along with StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide at" 

Don't forget to like the page: National Day of Listening: Lowcountry Wall of Listening

About the Author

Robin is the National Genealogy Examiner and a member of the South Carolina Genealogical Society - Columbia Chapter. She has presented for the following chapters: Anderson, Pinckney, Greenville, Columbia. She presented at the 41st Annual Summer Workshop of the South Carolina Genealogical Society held at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History July 12-13 in 2013. Libraries and museums that have requested presentations that she has honored include: Lexington County Public Library (Cayce Branch), Union Carnegie Library, Richland Library (Main), Greenwood County Library, and Union County Museum..
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  1. Dear Robin,

    I'm enthralled by your mother! I can tell that I could listen to her all day long. I feel that I would learn stuff from her; even as I'm over 60 years old. LOL

    I don't know what I'm gonna do this Friday, November 23. I'll just let whatever happens, happen.

    Peace & Blessings,
    "Guided by the Ancestors"

    1. Thank you so much, George! I will let her know. She will be tickled to hear that. She loves interacting with people.

  2. This is beautiful!!!She is amazing!! I love that you video taped her. I am going to do this with my Uncle. Thank you.

  3. Powerfull and full of blessings! Thanks for sharing

  4. Your mother is a gem! So wise. I know you treasure her. Thanks for sharing.


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