The Gift of Memories (or Blackmail?) An Interview with Linda R. Wolf Jones

The Gift of Memories (or Blackmail?): An Interview with Linda R. Wolf Jones

Mother’s Day will be here before we know it, and I personally feel extra sentimental knowing, like most of us, that I cannot physically be with my mom this year. Our typical Mother’s Day would consist of having brunch and spending the day together, and then me offering her a thoughtful gift. This year, however, I am thinking about different ways to make her feel special, appreciated, and loved as we celebrate.

As I started working on the Mother’s Day Collection for Gift Me Chic, I realized I wanted, or maybe needed, more “mom time.” So, I decided to interview her for the feature story as part of the collection. It quickly became obvious that this was going to be fun and special. I learned things about my mom that I never knew as she shared intimate feelings and stories. We both reminisced as we walked down “memory lane” of my childhood. There was lots of much needed laughter over haircuts and outfits (Why did I do this to myself?!? And why did you let me!?!). We talked about times when I acted out, but also times when I made her proud. This unintentional “gift of memories” has already made the upcoming not-so-normal Mother’s Day extra special.

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A Special Interview: Elisabeth and her Mom Talk Memories

How have your notions of what it means to be a woman changed over your lifetime?
I don’t think my own notions have changed much. I think there used to be a lot more game playing when I was younger – being a fake until you got someone to propose, stuff like that. I never knew how to play the games, so I never even tried. I’ve always believed in gender equality and female empowerment. I knew you would be the same since your favorite TV show growing up was Wonder Woman!

How has being a mom changed during the past 40 years?
I think I was the only working mom when you were in the lower grades at school. And when you asked about it, I remember telling you, “Just wait.” Sure enough, as the years passed, more and more women entered the work force. Pretty soon, it was common to be a mother and a working woman, which was a major societal change. But I think it is harder to be a mom now than it used to be. There seem to be so many more things to be worried about and distracted by.

What’s something you always wanted to do but didn’t ― and why didn’t you?
I would have loved to live in France for a period of time. Why didn’t I? I guess I was scared.

Why did you choose the name Elisabeth? Why the “s” and not the “z”?
I was a French major in college and a confirmed Francophile. Your father and I both liked the name and I thought it was especially beautiful when spelled in the European style. (You can probably figure out why we chose Noel for your middle name given that your birthday is two weeks before Christmas.)

What is the funniest thing I ever said or did when I was little?
It’s a toss-up! The time they lowered the lights in the planetarium and, as the room grew dark and silent, you yelled out at the top of your lungs: “Pigs in space!” Or the time that we were waiting to be seated in a local restaurant, when you looked at the woman in line ahead of us and said loudly, “Yucky hat!”

What made me laugh the most when I was young?
The silly things that you and your friends would do. We still laugh at one of your friends eating a plateful of mac and cheese for lunch and leaving exactly one small piece of macaroni on her plate, because she swore she was “too full to handle even one more bite.”

When I was little, what career did you think I’d have when I grew up?
I always knew you would do something in the world of fashion. You had this little “flower power suit” that made you feel very fashionable and grown-up. You would play a game pretending to be “going to the office” while wearing it. It was so cute! We also had a “dress-up box” at home filled with my discarded clothes, both casual and dressy. You and your friends would choose clothes from the box and put on fashion shows for me!

Was I a “tough” teenager to raise? Any good stories to share?
I only had one child to raise, so I don’t have much to compare it with. That said, the biggest challenge was always getting you off the phone! You have always been a very social person. So nothing has actually changed other than phones becoming more sophisticated, and that I can no longer nag you now that you’re an adult.

What is your favorite memory of the two of us?
I loved the times that we traveled together – especially our trips to France. The trip we took to Egypt also holds special memories.

When you knew I was becoming a mom, what were you most excited about?
I was excited about having a grandchild and becoming a grandma. I looked forward to having my grandchild’s pictures in my purse, that I would happily pull out and show to anyone who asked.

What is the best Mother’s Day gift you have received? And what are you hoping for this year? (I’m asking for a friend.)
YOU, Elisabeth, are the best Mother’s Day gift that I have received. And spending time with you means more to me than anything!!!

4 Responses

Calice Becker
Calice Becker

April 25, 2020

What a lovely interview ! Thank you very much for sharing.
Much love.


April 25, 2020

I couldn’t love this more! Love you, love Linda! xoxoxo

Cheryl Chen
Cheryl Chen

April 25, 2020

Such great memories so kind for you to share,
My 4 children tell me I always said they were the best present to me!
Thank you for sharing
Happiest Mother’s Day to you both

Deb Daly
Deb Daly

April 25, 2020

How lovely and thanks for sharing. Nothing better than being a Mom. Happy early Mother’s Day to you both!

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