Interview Essay - Emelie Konold
Emelie Konold was born on July 25, 1924. She enjoys keeping active by meeting new people and being with friends. She also enjoys taking classes at Saddleback College, and sewing.
Emelie defines happiness as a pleasant feeling of joy and wellbeing. Her definition has evolved over the years. She says, "When you are young, you do not think about happiness, because you are born with a certain temperament. You are always happy because it is acquired."
Emelie knows that she is happy when she experiences no depression. She said, "Happiness is a feeling inside where you don't mope. You are active, and pleasant to people." When asked who or what she turns to ...view middle of the document...
I still had many happy times. My brothers and I would laugh behind closed doors. We had many good times together."
When asked how her childhood influenced her personality, she said, "Having such a wonderful mom, I was never down. She made me happy." Emelie's mother taught her that no matter how bad things are, you have to live. You can't always change it and you can't let it take you down.
Education played an important role in Emelie's life. She said, "There were not as many opportunities then and I wanted to be a veterinarian. Because the opportunities for women were limited I couldn't do that so I chose nursing." Emelie's career in nursing led her to Arabia where she met her husband. She has great memories of spending time with her husband in Arabia.
When asked what she is most proud of in her life, Emelie recalled, "We had two foster children, and though they eventually went back to their parents, I feel that we instilled something in them." The children did return to live with Emelie and her family a second time when they were a few years older. This lasted for about a year and a half. The girl passed away as an adult, but the boy became a successful man.
Looking back at the things she wishes she had done, Emelie replied, "I wish that I had had children, even if we had adopted. It just never happened. We could not adopt because we needed a separate room for the child, and they would not give us a young child because my husband was too old." When asked if there is one thing about her life she would like to change, she said, "Of course I would like to have my husband back. Other than that, I would change nothing." Emelie believes that there is a relationship between love and happiness. She feels that it depends on the kind of love it is, because some kinds of love can make people unhappy.
Her relationships with close friends and people in general...