Aida Simmons


As Interviewed by Kylie S., March 28, 2017
"At that time Batumi did not have electricity, so the streets were pretty dark. We started running, we heard them running after us, and my mom took her shoes off because her shoes were making noise, and I took my shoes off."
Aida Simmons

Introductory Profile: About Aida Simmons

My interviewee’s name is Aida Simmons, and she is my mother. She works at Proforma companies as a marketing executive. Aida grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia and lived there, and in Russia until she was 13. She and her mom then moved to Germany, where years later my mom met my dad as he was stationed there for the army. They had my older brother in Germany, and later came to the U.S and had me. Aida has shoulder-length brown hair, green eyes, and is short, being only 5 feet. At the age of 36, she continues to live a young life by going to the gym daily, traveling, and going to clubs with her friends. Although she puts out a tough exterior as a single mother of two kids, she has her weaknesses when it comes to her past. Though that doesn’t change the fact that she is a brave, kind, and resourceful person. She misses her family in Russia, but yet continues to live a full life in America.

During the interview we went over the topics of poverty, communism, and mafia experiences my mom had growing up. Most of what she shared with me was how she encountered those things, and the difficulty of her situations. The interview for the most part was very relaxed and casual, however in some parts, it was very complicated for my interviewee. As my mom talked about her beloved grandmother who she missed, and scary experiences she suffered, she started to cry and get emotional. I’ve came to the idea that my mom buries her painful past, probably because she's too scared to confront it. As a result, talking about her past, opens up all these things she hid away. I think I got a lot out of this interview, by finding good dialogue to use in my podcast, and learning more about my mom’s background and who she is. Talking with her really showed me how different life was as a kid in Russia, and how people survive tough times.