Tuesday, June 5, 2012

In my grandmothers words...

With a visit to my mother this past weekend, I was able to get a glimpse of a journal my grandmother had written in. It was actually a journal that my mother had given to my grandmother to fill out before she passed away. 
It is one of those journals that asks great questions like, "Describe your childhood bedroom." "How did you meet your husband?" Things that are so fun to learn about your family and to pass on for generations. I am so glad that my grandmother answered a lot of these questions, because I learned a lot about her and my daughters will be able to learn a lot about her... as will their children. It is a priceless heirloom.

I love seeing my grandmothers handwriting and seeing that her answers mirror my own (and my mothers... and my daughters'!) This questions was, "What was your favorite pastime as a child? Did you prefer doing it alone or with someone else?"

She answered, "Laying out on a hot summer day looking up at the blue sky and dreaming of things I'd like to do or be. I always dreamed of living on a farm with lots of animals and a swimming hole for hot days. Yes I preferred being alone with my thoughts and dreams. I loved playing with my dog, (Skip) a Belgiun Shepherd and also my neighbors dog, Lady, a Spaniel. " (Can you believe she not only recalled her own dog, but the names of her neighbor dogs???) "Sometimes playing with my neighbor, Bea Beavers kids. Wintertime going sledding on Main Street. Summer going on hare and hound chases (I do believe this was a game and not my grandmother hunting down bunny rabbits.), and hanging May Baskets, etc. Having my school friends over to play or do homework"

It is so great that she dreamt of living on a farm. My mother does now live on a farm (sans animals), I would LOVE to own a farm (although my fantasy has several shirtless, tanned, glistening farmhands... but I digress...) And when we ask any one of our daughters where they want to live when they grown up... all will excitedly answer on a farm with lots of animals.

Anyhow, what I am here to tell you is GET A JOURNAL! Give your mother, father, grandparents one of these great journals so that they can start a tradition. Get these stories on paper before it is too late. I think our generation is lucky where we live on social media and our children will certainly have more of a window into our lives than previous generations... but nothing is like opening a real book with your Momma's real handwriting and letting yourself into her life from the very beginning... before you even existed.

I actually have one of these journals that my mother gave to me... and now I have the impetus to find it and start filling it out. I want my children (and my children's children) to be able to look back and learn things about me that cannot be found at the Vital Records office. Things that will be forgotten about my life if they are not recorded and cherished.

I will leave you with my favorite quote from my grandmother... one I have shared with my girls and I hope the live up to and pass on as well:

Recall for me some of the most important lessons you have learned in life:
"The most important lesson I have learned in life is to love others and don't cause them pain. Be the best you can and try to do the right thing for every ones sake."

I love you, Grammie! Thank you for the words... the love... and the lessons.


  1. Great idea. I loved your post. I am already searching for the Journal. Amazon.com have a few to choose from ;-) Thanks for the idea. Glaucia

  2. I am crying right now. Oh, how I wish I had one of those from either my mom or grandma. I will definitely fill one out so my kids can have it!

  3. I used the same idea for the exercise cards: I searched for cardio and plyo exercise diagrams, printed them onto cards and separated the piles into cardio and plyo. Then I take two cards from each and do a Tabata interval based on those, intersperse with circuit training, so that my cardio intervals are always different :)