The art of the interview - Catholic Courier
Sacred Heart Cathedral parishioner Theresa Mingoia (at head of the table), who turns 100 on Oct. 20, enjoys breakfast with her friends at the Peppermill Restaurant in Rochester Oct. 16. Sacred Heart Cathedral parishioner Theresa Mingoia (at head of the table), who turns 100 on Oct. 20, enjoys breakfast with her friends at the Peppermill Restaurant in Rochester Oct. 16.

The art of the interview

I have something to admit as a reporter. I enter interviews with children and the elderly with a little trepidation.

Granted, I love kids, and they do come up with amazingly profound statements at times. As the saying goes, "Kids say the darndest things." Similarly with our elders, I have great respect and look forward to hearing their stories and hope that they will pass along some nuggets of wisdom or secrets to aging gracefully.

But both interview subjects can be a tad unpredictable.

Centenarian touted for longevity, faithfulness

Take, for example, my recent interview with Theresa Mingoia, a Sacred Heart Cathedral parishioner who turns 100 on Thursday.

Theresa is mobile — even if she walks with a cane — has a great memory and no problems with hearing. She lives on her own but has family nearby, stays active by doing her own housework, and goes to church and out with friends on a regular basis. Sounds like a pretty good life.

She also is adorable.

However, when I asked Theresa if she had any words of wisdom for our young people — teenagers like my 16-year-old son who couldn’t even fathom turning 100 when I told him about my article subject — she had one.

"No."

I couldn’t help but chuckle. Nor could I quibble with her reply when she expounded that young people do what they want so she doesn’t tend to offer advice.

Words of wisdom indeed!

I wish Theresa a happy birthday and wouldn’t be surprised if she makes it to 110 as her girlfriends predict. God bless her and her family.

 

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