Interview with my Nonna: Part 1

Beam Divider - extra long - by Jayel Draco
Illustration of Jayel Draco interviewing his Nonna Alda Rose "chichi" Hodgskin
Beam Divider - extra long - by Jayel Draco

Alda Rose “Chichi” Hodgskin
April 1st 1932 – November 20th 2021
She always loved to share her stories. Some years ago she and I decided to record some for posterity. What a gift to be able to spend a little more time with her whenever I want with this 2 part podcast “Interview with my Nonna”. I hope you find these stories from a worldly woman in a changing world as fascinating as I do.

Beam Divider - extra long - by Jayel Draco

So my nonna (grandmother), Alda Rose “Chichi” Hodgskin, was in town visiting our family out here in MT all the way from from NY, where I grew up and where much of my extended family still resides. At dinner she was telling one of her stories from a time long before I was born, like she often does. It occurred to me that her stories never seem to miss a beat and are so rich with detail and history that I really should start recording them. So I did, and we got an hour and a half of really fun and interesting storytelling, which I decided to break up into two segments. In this the first part, she covers being born in 1932 in Argentina and growing up there, her family and home life there, and traveling to Europe and meeting/staying with family in Italy. Then she brings it right up to the moment when she left to head to the USA. The story is sprinkled with plenty of interesting period trivia as remembered firsthand. It’s my pleasure to share with you this first installment of “Interview with my Nonna.” Intro music by Jack Schell the Soundweaver. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I have.

Listen to Part 2 of this two-part podcast HERE

Beam Divider - extra long - by Jayel Draco

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