Story Corps is a non-profit organization that takes people's life stories and creates beautiful animations out of them. One of its recent uploads that we love is an animated video about a strong-willed grandmother named Kay Wang. Her personality seeps through, and her stories are entertaining and endearing at the same time.
Interviewed by what we assume to be her son and her son's daughter, Grandma Kay Wang tells a few bits and pieces of her childhood in China. She admits that she wasn't a very nice little girl. She explains that the custom in China when apologizing to one's mother is to bring one's mother a cup of tea. And being the spunky child that she was, she purposely dropped the hot cup of tea on her mother's lap!
She wasn't a very good student either. She would skip class to run off with boys. "That time I was still young. I was not bad looking then," says Grandma Kay Wang. In the background, you can hear her son and her granddaughter giggling.
"What else? Hurry. Hurry. I wanna go home," she tells her interviewers. "How'd you meet grandpa?" asks her granddaughter.
She met her husband in a hospital where she was training to be a nurse. "He was there for a hemorrhoids operation." He kept asking her to marry him, but she would respond, "I don't like you, you have bald head!"
"I didn't like him because he was ugly, but one thing about your grandpa, he's very smart," says Grandma Kay Wang.
She also talks about her time as a detective working at a department store and how she caught a famous fashion designer stealing a $3,000 dress. "I said, 'Would you like to pay me that dress?' She said, 'Do you know who I am?!'" And, guess what Grandma Kay Wang says back? "Yeah! You're a thief!"
Sadly, Grandma Kay Wang passed away a few weeks after the interview. Her son said the StoryCorps interview was one of her last gifts to her children and grandchildren.