Prompt: If you had a hotline to anyone, dead or alive, and twenty minutes to say or ask whatever you wish, who would you choose? And what would you say to them?
Well, too many (how the heck do you choose just one???)
If I really had to choose though, it would be my maternal grandmother. I am named after her, but she died when I was 8 months old. My mother and my siblings speak of her all the time though, and I feel like I know her better than I know my paternal grandmother, who is still alive but with whom I have no relationship.
If I had a hotline to her, I would use 10 minutes of the time to tell her that she left a cast-iron legacy on all of her offspring, and that her presence is very much alive in our family, even 33 years after her death. I would tell her that I feel cheated out of a chance to have gotten to know and experience her, the way my older siblings did, and that I feel immense pride whenever my family members say that I resemble her in some way (especially as regards my personality).
Then I would tell her that my mother misses her very much, and then give the receiver to my mother so she can use the remaining 10 minutes.