08 April 2010

Face to Face w/ Diane Rehm: I asked for a book, she told me a story

Dear Readers,

Yesterday you may have noticed that Diane Rehm was not on the air.  She was in Traverse City, Michigan.  My mom and I were there to see and of course listen to, the one and only, Diane Rehm.

Toward the end of her prepared talk a volunteer appeared within the audience with a microphone on a stand and the full house was offered an invitation to ask questions.  

And I, The Mom, got up the nerve to gush --all over-- Diane Rehm.  Heart pounding, palms sweating, I talked face to face (albeit separated by a balcony and a sea of people) with Diane Rehm.

And then I asked her a question, for my 6 and 10 year old daughters.  I put her to this week's challenge and I asked about her favorite book as a child.  

And do you know what she said?  Diane Rehm grew up in a house with no books.  She grew up in a house where girls didn't expect education.  Diane Rehm didn't read a full book until she was 21.  And then she went on to tell us the whole story.  

When she finished she actually apologized for not answering my question,  what a woman.  To me, she did one better, she told me her story!  

(Listen entire story here: The Mom... and Diane Rehm.)


P.S.  For more on Diane Rehm of WAMU and NPR click here.
P.P.S  Tell us your favorite childhood book at The Childhood in a Book Challenge.