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08.19.2019 (30 Days Ago)

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Cherished Momentos
Cherished Momentos
30 days ago 4 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

 

Jane Jacobs posted a link to a New York Times piece this weekend entitled, “Finding Myself in My Mother’s Calendars.” Reading it made me think about my mother’s address book. After my parents passed and we were cleaning out their belongings, I took several small items one of which was my mom’s address book and one of the others was my father’s wallet.

 

 

Every so often, as I did this weekend, I’ll find myself just reading through my mother’s address book. In many ways, it’s a chronicle of her life in her handwriting. People she knew the longest have obviously older entries while people who came into her world later in life clearly have newer entries. There are also some covert hints as to how she felt about certain people, i.e. she had written down some of her friend’s birthdays clearly wanting to remember them at the proper time. And, there are some people whose names and information she crossed out, apparently at odds with them.

 

 

Interestingly, there is one friend whose name and information she crossed out and then rewrote. I recall there being a very nasty falling out between them and then an apology to my mother and a reconciliation some years later. I smile at that and think about what a kind, forgiving woman my mom truly was.

 

 

Thank you Jane for reminding me that it was again time to read my mom’s address book.

 

 

What cherished mementos do you have from your loved ones?

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  •  CarlyMeyer wrote 30 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    What a lovely focus you've given this morning. My grandmothers address book is much like your Moms. My grandmother hasn't passed, but she often gives me little pieces of jewelry and pictures of her past that are meaningful to her. Mostly, they are charms from various necklaces and wrist formations. Very nice topic. Thank you for bringing this into focus.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Fred wrote 30 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    I have a great trove of black and white photos which go way back!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 30 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    How I handle my iCalendar reflects a later use.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Kelly_Welles wrote 30 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Thanks Rona! similarly, I traced my grandmother’s land aunt’s life thru Church minutes. She also wrote a lifetime of poetry, authored an autobiography and a biography of my grandfather. Never throw away a phone book or a Rolodex.
     
       
     
     
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