So a few days ago my grandmother told my mom that she found her mothers diaries from the 1950’s. She then proceeded to tell my mother that she was just going to burn them because they probably didn’t have much to say.
My mother wasn’t going to let her grandmother’s history be erased so quickly. So, my mom and I went to my grandmother’s house today and snuck the diaries out of the house.
We couldn’t let something so precious be demolished.
My great grandma wrote in her journal every day for years. I am glued to these diaries. And yeah, my grandma may have been right, there isn’t much said in the diaries, but that’s beside the point.
She talks about ironing and washing often. She goes to play bridge. One day she bought a cabbage. So, yeah, not a lot of huge events are happening. However, the joy and excitement I have while reading these make the stories feel like she was a Hollywood star or something.
My great grandma mentions her mother a lot. A lady I’ve heard about for years. My great-great grandmother passed long before I was born, but she has always been a lady I feel connected to. Afterall, I am named after her.
Hearing about what her mother was like, and learning about what my great grandma was like is so exciting to me.
My mother loved her grandma, and I am so happy that my mom will forever have these diaries to hold onto. They tell the story about before she was born, and if you know my mom’s family, you know that that’s quite the story.
I’ve decided that I’m going to start journaling too. I want to leave something behind for my kids, or their kids, and maybe even their kids. Maybe someday my grandkids and great grandkids will want to know what their grandmother was like at 22 years old…
… now that I’m thinking about it…
I’m going to have to hide these diaries for a long time, they don’t need to know all my secrets while I’m alive. 🙂
Maybe I’ll write my diaries addressed to them.
I’ll have to write a disclaimer in advanced.
“Warning: Your grandmother had her fun in her youth, do not think any less of her now that you know her secrets, she’s still the angel you’ve always thought of her as.”
I’m just kidding, I’m not that bad whatsoever. All they’ll be reading about is how I went to school and work.
School is going well! My lowest grade is a 95%