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  1. My mother used to say “heavens to Mergatroyd!” when she was exasperated. Why, I have no idea.

    Her mother’ mother died when her mom was eight. When Gram was 60, she sat down and wrote her autobiography so that in case anything happened to her anytime soon her grands would be able to have a sense of who she was–and then she lived to be 96. She debated holding on so as to be able to see she’d seen three different centuries, but then went, nahhh.

    But the book! What life was like for someone born in 1899 and how it changed!

    And that is how I got started writing my blog. It keeps me putting some piece of me onto the page just about every day. It’s for my grands, from before I even had any. My father’s father died when I was a baby and I have absolutely nothing to know who he was. I don’t want mine to grow up with the sense of loss I had from not having my grandfather.

    • And, even the changes we have seen in our life times. Even not experiencing the Great Depression, WWI, WWII and the Korean War, just the technological changes, communications and travel ability alone…

  2. Years ago while visiting a cousin with my older brother, we looked through a box of old photos of our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, all of whom are no longer with us. My brother and cousin recognized many of them. I had a much harder time. When those two are gone, most of those photos, even the ones of my father going off to WWII, will no longer be part of our family history.
    To avoid this, I put some of them into a family tree/photo album to let the next generations see and read about their ancestors on their computers, tablets and phones. No one was interested.

    • And, by the time they are (probably when they hit our age) you won’t be around to fill them in. Still an important thing to do

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