Family Across Generation

Michelle Aranda

Question 1: What is your full name? Why did your parents select that name for you? Did you have a nickname?

Mother: "Carmen. Got my name after my grandma."


Auntie: "Corey. Unfortunately, my father named me after my cousin. I think he wanted a boy. My nickname was Coco."


Sister: "Vanessa. Watching a Novela and because it means butterfly. My nickname is Nessa."

Question 2: When and where were you born?

Mother: "1961 in Harvey, IL"


Auntie: "1973 in Chicago, IL"


Sister: "1996 in Harvey, IL"

Question 3: How did your family come to live there?

Mother: "Was looking for a new house."


Auntie: "We lived on the west Chicago when I was born and moved south when I was about 8."


Sister: "Was already living there with brothers."

Question 4: Were there other family members in the area? Who?

Mother: "No"


Auntie: "No"


Sister: "Yes, my auntie, uncle, and grandma."

Question 5: What is your earliest childhood memory?

Mother: "First day of kindergarten."


Auntie: "My mother being hospitalized for a broken neck."


Sister: "Getting my first cast signed when I broke my wrist."

Question 6: How many members did you have in your family growing up? Were you the oldest/youngest, only child, ect?

Mother: "6 members in my family. I was the middle child."


Auntie: "8 all together. 6 children. I was the oldest."


Sister: "Only two brothers. I was the youngest child at the time."

Question 7: Describe the personalities of your family members.

Mother: "Loud people."


Auntie: "Me- Outgoing, people pleaser, 2nd mom to my siblings.

Brother 1- Quiet and sneaky, very handsome.

Brother 2- Loud, obnoxious, stayed in trouble.

Brother 3- Born later, typical boy, pretty boy, athletic.

Brother 4- My favorite, cool as a cucumber, typical boy.

Sister- Sneaky, wrapped everyone around her finger."


Sister: "Loving, Loud, Funny."

Question 8: What kind of household chores did you have at your home?

Mother: "Wash dishes and clean my room."


Auntie: "Dishes and my room."


Sister: " Wash dishes and clean room."

Question 9: What age did you get your first job? What did you do for that job?

Mother: "I was 16 years old. My job was welding."


Auntie: "I was 18 years old. My job was a cashier."


Sister: "I was 16 years old. My job was a hostess."

Question 10: What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worse subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?

Mother: "It was okay until 7th grade.

Best: Reading and Math

Worst: Social Studies and Science.

Grade School: Lincoln

High School: Thornwood."


Auntie: "Easy: Reading, Math, and English.

Worst: Science.

Grade School: Beale St Elementary.

High School: Thornton Township.

College: Hawamba Community College."


Sister: "Best subjects: Math and English.

Worst subjects: Science.

Grade School: Coolidge

High School: Thornridge

College: Fox College-Vet Tech Institute."

Question 11: Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?

Mother: "Bell-bottoms and long big hair."


Auntie: "There was this hairstyle called Hawaiian Silky, Knickerbockers, white girl tennis shoes.

Hairstyle- short on one side long on the other.

Clothes- used, damaged."


Sister: "Animal shaped bracelets everyone used to trade and collect."

Question 12: What are your thoughts/attitudes on the institution of marriage?

Mother: "Do not care about marriage."


Auntie: "I believe in marriage but in this day and age i think it might be a little bit harder, not enough people willing to go the extra mile to make a relationship work."


Sister: "Good to have marriage equality for everyone now."

Question 13: What does it mean to be a man or a woman when you were going up? Do you think that has changed?

Mother: "To be independent. No it hasn't changed."


Auntie: "Just that, a man was a man, respectful, loyal, had manners, cared about their appearance. Same thing with the women. Yes it has changed."


Sister: "A lot has changed. Now you can be more equal being either man or woman together. Should both have responsibilities 100%/100% not 50%/50% separately."

Question 14: What do you think of kids today?

Mother: "They're evil."


Auntie: "I really don't like 65% of them. They have no respect in themselves let alone, their elders."


Sister: "Majority of kids today are going down wrong paths from bad influences and need to be taught how to be leaders instead of following "trends"."

Question 15: What advice would you have for a high school age students today?

Mother: "Don't do drugs. Be a leader."


Auntie: "65% of them, shut up and listen, you don't know everything. Learn some respect about yourself. The other 35%, keep up the good work."


Sister: "To study hard and keep going because even though it's "boring" now, it really makes a difference when you succeed and go into things that can help you reach your goals/dreams. It does turn into an enjoyment and you can't get there without a little hard work."

Question 16: What was the popular toy?

Mother: "Chrissy Dolls."


Auntie: "Cabbage Patch Dolls."


Sister: "Bratz Dolls

Question 17: What was the popular candy? How much did it cost?

Mother: "Tootsie Rolls. They cost $0.01."


Auntie: "Pop Rocks, Fun Dips, Bazooka gum, candy cigarettes, Chico sticks, sugar daddy. Nothing was over a quarter."


Sister: "Frooties. Bag for $1."

Question 18: What was the popular T.V. shows?

Mother: "The Brady Bunch and the Soultrain."


Auntie: "Mork and Mindy. The Jetsons, The Flinstones, Welcome Back Kotter, and The Good Times."


Sister: "Roseanne and House."