Friday, March 14, 2008
SL's suggestion that we pass around a notebook got me thinking about my Mother's book. In 1994 my mother decided that she would mark the European Year of the Family in a couple of ways. Firstly she decided to write a book. A book about her life, growing up, meeting my dad, his family history, getting married, having 13 kids etc. etc. She didn't have a computer or a typewriter and so it involved getting a lot of it typed up. She'd get the bus into town to get the photos copied in Reeds in Nassau street, lots of leg work really. Now this wasn't a book ever to be published. It was meant for her children.
She asked each of us to write a section for it. Just a couple of pages about us and family and what it all means to us. She put it all together, bound them and presented them to each of us on a weekend away in a hotel back in 1994. The book amazed us. It had so much information contained in it's pages that we never knew about her. It had a history of our parents before they became parents. It had love letters from my Dad. It had photos of each of us and our children.
When I started my own blog I kinda thought it would be like my mother's book, a record of a life and through that my daughter could get to know me. I think it's a good idea to leave your children a record of you. I know we discussed this the night of the first 4nine get together in Midge's house and it was suggested that our kids can ask their god-parents about us but I don't really think that would ever happen. They may find out random pieces of information about you from your friends but it won't be the you that you want them to remember.
My Mother's book is still something that all of her children treasure. We all say that everytime we pick it up we read something different. I'd love my daughter to feel the same in a few years.
Apologies if this sounds all schmaltzy and sickening, but even after all these years I still can't think about the book without involving tears. Probably not what my mother intended.
Posted by aquaasho at Friday, March 14, 2008