Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

5. MARIE DESANTIS interviewed by her daughter MARY-LU HAYES and her grandson MARK HAYES

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that a family celebration like Christmas can sometimes keep the light of hope alive even during the darkest moments?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Explain why Marie Desantis’s brother insisted on going into the service and how his “missing-in-action” status concluded with the buying of a Christmas tree.

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.