I love doing radio interviews this week before Mother’s Day. My publicist sends me a list of the shows that want to interview me and I work hard to be in the right place at the right time so they can call me on a land line. I’m not sure why, but cell phones don’t work for radio interviews. Then once I’m in the right place, I take out a few notes just to be sure I always have something interesting to say. Then I wait for the call. It’s always fun when the phone rings and I get to meet the new radio personalities. While I appreciate them all, some are better interviewers than others and some are more fun than others.
Today I met Barbara Dooley from WGAU in Atlanta who was a great interviewer and really fun to talk to. I knew it would be a good interview when she said, “I’d give anything to have just one more day with my mom.” I’ve often said the same thing so I knew we had a lot in common and that I would enjoy talking to her. And I did. When she asked for some suggestions about what to send to a mom, I read her the list of “25 Things That Say I’m Thinking of You”, from www.makemomhappybymail.com. She laughed when I mentioned sending my grocery list and thought her mom would have loved to see her Saturday “To Do” list just like my mom did because they love to know about how we spend our days.
When she complimented me on thinking of the idea to fill mom’s mailbox, I quickly corrected her and said it was mom’s idea, not mine. All I did was ask “What could I do to be a better daughter.”
“My mom wouldn’t have told me anything if I’d asked her that question.” Barbara said.
“I thought exactly the same thing.” I told her. I honestly thought my mom would say I was the best daughter in the world and there was not one thing I could do to be better. But what she really said was, “Just send me more mail.” And that question and answer changed our lives in a wonderful way.
Barbara graciously told me that she thought her listeners would be inspired by our conversation. That comment made me happy for the whole day. Since she was recording the conversation, it’s possible that I might be able to share the entire conversation with you next week. I think you’d enjoy meeting Barbara’s too!
Please share your stories so I can share them with others.
Be well and bring joy.