I know you’re not supposed to reveal a woman’s age, but I can’t help it. Mom turned 90 the other day. Ninety years. Wow. What a long time on this planet.
In my line of work I get to ask a lot of people a lot of questions. Whenever I’m interviewing someone, I remember something Mom always said, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.”
I make sure to ask people, “What is the dumbest question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?” My own little tip of the hat to mom I guess.
Sitting on the balcony this morning I started to wonder about some things that I have never asked her. I thought now would be a good time.
1. What would you say has been your generations greatest accomplishment?
2. What would you say has been your generations greatest regret.
3. How do you feel Pearl Harbor and 9/11 compare with regards to the impact they’ve had on America.
4. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received.
5. If given a chance to do it all over again, what is the one thing you would do differently?
6. What are your biggest fears at this point in your life?
7. What has been your life’s greatest accomplishment?
8. If you could have the worlds attention for five minutes, what advice would you share?
9. If the roles here were reversed for a moment; you’re a long-haired guy with a camera and an insatiable curiosity and I’m a ninety year old lady, what question would you ask.
10. Now, answering the question as yourself, what would your response be to #9.
Those are the questions I would have. What question would you have for my mom? Go ahead and leave it in the comment section below. I’ll see that she gets it.
And as far as stupid questions? I guess Mom was half right. There’s no such thing as a stupid question. Just stupid people walking around asking questions.
Jerry Nelson, Photojournalist
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