Now that the book “Irene & Abe: An Unexpected Life” is completed and in circulation, it has been fun for me to get the feedback; feedback from friends, colleagues, family, and from interviewers. The feedback from interviewers comes in the form of questions, which tell you what they are interested in. And I am interested in what they all are interested in.
I wasn’t sure that my life was so interesting until I began putting it together in the form of a book. As I began recalling various events over the years, and saw the connections, I began thinking: Wow did I do that? Did we do that? How did we ever do that? How did I even do that?”
Most people are asking me that question, “How did you do that? And, my answer, first, “I don’t know.” And then, looking inward, reaching in, deeply, “How did I do that?”
Some were deeply personal: losses of my children; other was juggling the day life of a mental health professional; and the night life of a sports team owner.
Then it is interesting to see the questions from men ask vs. women. Guessing in advance what they would be, I was wrong on one count, revealing my own bias. I separated the men from the women. I thought the men would only be interested in the sports and I was 100% wrong. I am glad to say!
The men were more touched by the personal than the women, even revealing tears at certain points. And I thought men were so tough! Wrong!
I should have known: my husband was a real softie!
More on this later but I’m remembering some old TV shows, “What’s My Line?” “To Tell the Truth” and “I’ve got a Secret”.
There is endless curiosity about peoples’ lives. Mine is just one!